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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Connecticut Today

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

Dishing out food metaphors and barbecue, New Haven announced an inaugural New Haven Food Truck Festival Wednesday at a press conference on the steps of city hall.

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Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

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Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Prime 16, New Haven

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Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

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Style & Shopping

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

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The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

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Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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History

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Is it a stretch to declare that this exhibit about Connecticut’s past and heritage will be exciting? We don’t think so. And it's certain to provoke some response; after all, if you could sum up the state through just 50 objects, what would they be? Ella Grasso’s gavel...

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Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

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Norwalk Seaport Association 36th Annual Oyster Festival

Event Date/Time

Sep 6, 2013 to Sep 8, 2013

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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Norwalk Seaport Association 36th Annual Oyster Festival

The 36th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will once again welcome summer’s end.  The first weekend after Labor Day in September marks the annual celebration held in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year is First County Bank.  This year’s event will run Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8.  The Festival offers a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy, including an Arts & Crafts Pavilion, the Kid’s Cove, with rides, games and child-centered entertainment, a food court with everything from Italian favorites to seafood.  And, not to be missed, the popular Oyster Slurping and Oyster Shucking contests.  New this year for the adults is the Craft Beer Tasting Tent with beer to sample and brewers to meet.

            The festival also offers continuous entertainment by local musicians and national acts.  One of many acts on the entertainment line-up, Friday night, the stage comes alive with the sounds of Max Creek bringing together generations of music lovers with their mix of rock, country, reggae, soul, and calypso.  On Saturday night, fans who missed the Village People last year due to inclement weather can catch their favorite band of neighborhood guys performing.   Sunday’s headliner will be a nightclub favorite, The Zoo, winner of MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band contest.

For the Kids

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival offers entertainment choices for the kid in all of us.  Attractions include Pirates Coast Adventure where kids can meet real life pirates, look for booty in treasure hunts, hear storytelling and join in other fun-filled activities.  The Kids' Cove includes games, rides and entertainment in two circus tents, with circuses, as well as world-class jugglers, amazing magicians, daredevils and hilarious clowns and comedians as well as puppet parades.  Sunday is Family Day with a special presentation of “The Rejuvenary River Circus” by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater with special family and children’s packages for entrance, rides and meals.

For the Whole Family

Returning this year for an encore presentation, is the popular Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show featuring logrolling, axe throwing, tree climbing, dragster chain sawing and more.  Joining them on the schedule is Eastern Action Sports Team providing visitors with action-packed BMX shows.  For slower-paced enjoyment, the Arts and Crafts Pavilion hosts fine artists and crafters displaying creative and practical items that appeal to all tastes, budgets and ages. 

Other Highlights

At the Oyster Pavilion, learn about Norwalk’s oystering history while cheering for your favorite competitors at the slurping and shucking contests.  Something good is always cooking at the festival.  Taste-test some of the Festival’s culinary delights such as barbeque, oysters, mussels and clams, and other great food selections available at the Food Court.  This culinary fare is prepared by dozens of local nonprofit organizations allowing them to raise funds for their charitable causes.

The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT.  Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday.  Children 5-12 years old are $5.  U.S. military personnel on active duty are free.   All entertainment is included in ticket prices.  Tickets can be purchased at www.seaport.org.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com.

About the Norwalk Seaport Association

The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage.  The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival.  In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve.  The organization also offers harbor cruises, special events, maritime education programs and habitat restoration projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  For more information, visit www.seaport.org. or call (203) 838-9444.

Cost $12 Adults, $5 Children
Location

Norwalk Veteran Park
Seaview Avenue
Norwalk, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorNorwalk Seaport Association
Phone203-838-9444
Contact nameOffice
Contact emailinfo@seaport.org
Websitehttp://www.seaport.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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