Hops for Hope, Sept. 2
All proceeds from this elite beer festival go to the Smith-Magenis Research Foundation, a nonprofit. When the festival last took place in 2015, it raised more than $31,000. The volunteer-run festival was founded by three Connecticut beer lovers who chose the Smith-Magenis Research Foundation because their friend and fellow beer enthusiast Stephen Wood’s son has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a rare disorder. The event takes place at Falcon Field in New Britain from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $55.
This festival will feature more than 150 wines from across the globe. Among the vintages available for sampling will be Whispering Angel rosé, Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle rosé, Domaines Ott rosé, Jules Taylor sauvignon blanc, Domaine Sautereau Sancerre and many more. There will also be live music and food from Knot Norms Catering. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited wine and food samplings.
Havana Nights at Hartford Baking Co., Sept. 14
From 7-9 p.m. the cafe and bakery at 965 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford will host a Cuban-themed pop-up dinner. On the menu will be cubanos, maduros and mojitos — a classic Caribbean and summer cocktail with rum, lime and mint. There will also be live Cuban music.
Small State Great Beer Festival, Sept. 16
Constitution Plaza in Hartford will be filled with Connecticut beer at this festival designed to be a celebration of the Connecticut craft beer world’s thriving culture and to showcase all made-in Connecticut brews. In addition to the beer, there will be live music. The first session runs from 1-4 p.m., with the second going from 6-9 p.m. Presale tickets are $38.
Market Place at Lost Acres Vineyard, Sept. 16
Avon’s Market Place Kitchen & Bar will be on-site at Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby pairing small bites of food with wine tastings from the vineyard. Market Place will also sell a dessert cheese plate and Mediterranean sample plate. This food will be prepared by Market Place executive chef Roy Kalil. All items are $10. The food tastings and pairings will be from 1-4 p.m.
Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, Sept. 23
Celebrity chef Mario Batali will be among the presenters at this food-and-drink extravaganza at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The grand-tasting tent is the center of the festival and will feature food and demonstrations from more than 150 of the finest food, wine and spirits experts in the region. There will also be live music including the platinum-selling band Train. Admission is $155.
Erik Ofgang is the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews — Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England. Have a craft beverage event coming up next month? Email him at email@example.com.