It summer, we can eat delicious, outdoor, hand-held food without regard to health (it’s unwritten rule of summer). New England food events and festivals this summer includes food truck gatherings, wine and beer festivals, cheese in Vermont, seafood all along the coast, blueberries, chocolate.
Some events are a bit quirky, like the Artisan Bread Festival in Maine and the Tea and Talks series at Gilded-Age Ventford Hall in Masschusetts.
It is happening now, so see the listings below and grab your calendar and make some commitments to your taste buds.
Beer and Wine
Killington, VT -- Killington Wine Festival -- July 14 to 16
The Killington Wine Festival presents a tasteful weekend of wine and food tastings, dinner, and golf. At Killington Resort.
Wellesley, MA -- Crush Wine Festival -- July 16
Sample over 75 award winning Massachusetts wines from across the state, meet the winemakers, learn about their vineyards, and taste local artisan cheeses and delicious small bites. The Gardens at Elm Bank feature 36 acres of fields, forests, and formal gardens that all guests may enjoy. The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street Wellesley,
Burlington, VT -- Vermont Brewers Festival – July 21-22
The Vermont Brewers Festival is the one of the premier beer festivals in the world, held on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack Mountains. More than 150 beers to choose from. Waterfront Park Burlington.
Goshen, CT -- Connecticut Wine Festival – July 22-23
Taste the best of Connecticut's wineries. Sample locally produced specialty foods. Enjoy live music. Browse for handicrafts. Goshen Fairgrounds, Route 63.
Manchester, NH -- Manchester Brewfest – July 29
More than 100 unique, local, and regional craft beers will be served along with local foods and non-alcoholic beverages. 10 Arms Park
Guilford, CT -- Shoreline Wine Festival -- August 12-13
Taste wines from all of Connecticut’s wineries; take a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery; hear seminars by wine experts, live music and entertainment; and visit with local vendors and artisans. Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery
Yarmouth, MA -- Yarmouth Clam Festival – July 21-23
This festival is one of Maine's summer favorites. It includes a parade on Friday night, fireworks, live music, clams (!!!), arts and crafts shows, road races and more. Yarmouth Village.
Narragansett, RI -- Blessing of the Fleet Seafood Festival – July 27-29
Come dine on seafood prepared in the New England tradition, as well as other food vendors, a carnival, a beer and wine tent, and live music performed by The Heavy Rescue Band, Roger Ceresi’s All Stars, and Steve Smith and the Nakeds. Next to the Narragansett Towers.
Lancaster, MA -- Clustertruck Food Festival – August 26
Venture to the farm-rich center of Massachusetts for the Clustertruck Food Festival, where you can dig deep into a variety of foods that span many specialties, from trucks serving bacon or barbecue, right on to crepes and Asian fusion. Kalon Farms, Lancaster.
Shelburne, VT -- Vermont Cheesemakers Festival – July 16
Vermont is a world class cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita. Come for cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and tastings of all kinds. Cooking demonstrations and workshops. Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road.
Wilmington VT -- Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival – July 28-August 6
This is a festival with all the trimmings – music, crafts, a car show, a barbecue – but the centerpiece and guest of honor is the blueberry, which you can consume in every possible form from pancakes to ice cream and much more.
Waterville Valley, NH -- Chocolate Fest - July 29
This event celebrates chocolate with an assortment of sweet treats from local restaurants. Enjoy the live music by Rumblefish. Town Square, Village Road Waterville Valley
Skowhegan, Maine -- Artisan Bread Fair – July 29
Demonstrations range from scything to bread baking. Sample foods ranging from pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens to tacos in tortillas baked fresh on-site to pastries. Skowhegan Fairgrounds
Newport, RI -- Hellenic Fest of Newport – July 28-30
Come enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace! St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Tea & History
Lenox, MA -- Tuesday Tea & Talks at Ventfort Hall - through September 5
Sumptuous Victorian teas will be served at the conclusion of each talk by an expert about the gilded Age: lives of servants and Vanderbilts, antique furniture, money, taste and jewelry in the late 1800s. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum.