Celebrate Connecticut farms
Regional - posted Jul, 08 2011
Connecticut's largest and oldest event to raise funds to save the state’s dwindling amount of farmland will take place on Sept. 11 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Jones Family Farms in Shelton. The eleventh annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms will feature some of the state’s best chefs preparing amazing dishes that highlight Connecticut grown ingredients. This year it will be co-hosted by Tony Award winning actress Christine Baranski, WNPR's two-time Peabody Award winner Faith Middleton and celebrity TV chef and author Jacques Pépin.
Connecticut-grown items from fresh vegetables to fruits, meats, seafood, dairy and wines will be given to some of the state's best chefs who transform them into dishes that would be at home at any four star restaurant. One can easily spend the entire afternoon grazing from table to table, eating samples of foods ranging from organic pizzas to goat cheeses, pork to beef dishes. Then they can walk over to another table for a glass of award winning chardonnay, cabernet franc, or local craft-brewed beer to wash it all down.
Tickets for the 2011 Celebration of Connecticut Farms are $150 per person ($75 is a tax-deductible donation). In addition to the delicious food and drink, the Celebration will include musical entertainment by Bone Dry, a silent auction, and farm tours. To purchase tickets and for a list of participating chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries, visit www.CelebrationOfCTFarms.org.