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Bad Sons Beer Co., in cooperation with Smoke in the Valley, will host the annual Brewers Ball Home Brew Festival at its brewery in Derby on April 15, 2023. Guests will be treated to pours of more than 60 brews in a variety of styles with a chance to cast their votes for their favorites in the People’s Choice Competition. Food trucks will be on site, along with artisan vendors and games. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seymour Cares Animal Shelter. See more information and purchase tickets here.
The CT Brewers Guild will host its fifth-annual CT Craft Beer Fest at Hartford’s XL Center on April 22, 2023. Guests will enjoy pours from more than 60 craft breweries throughout the afternoon, beginning with a VIP session at 1:00 PM. All proceeds will benefit the CT Brewers Guild to help further the goals of the craft beer movement in CT.
Join SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers for “The Hempening,” a five-year anniversary party hosted at its Norwalk location. Celebrate with Prohibition-era craft cocktails, Blaze Whisky, Threesome Cocktails and all of the SoNo 1420 line of handcrafted Connecticut-made spirits. Live music with the Swamp Hogs and Dee Jay Rob, food from Palmer’s Market Food Truck, Precious Oysters and Munchie Bar, and as it is a dog-friendly event, dog treats are provided by Get Joy. (Rain date, Sunday Aril 23)
The first annual PawFest, set for April 29, 2023 (rain date April 30), will raise funds and host adoptions working with East Hartford’s Protectors of the Animals, a no-kill, nonprofit animal shelter, hosted at The Charles in Old Wethersfield. In collaboration with Connecticut Distributors, Inc. and The Charles, cocktails will feature Grey Goose Vodka and Angel’s Envy Bourbon. The event will also showcase a family-friendly day for humans and four-legged friends, featuring vendors, craft, food and a silent auction, among highlights. The Charles currently has a showcased cocktail on its menu, In the Paws of an Angel, for which $1 of each sale to benefit the animal nonprofit, leading up to the event. iHeartMedia’s Renee Denino will be there broadcasting and playing music.
Sunset Wine Party is hosting an inaugural New Canaan event: a festive, upscale wine tasting evening at the Country Club of New Canaan. All net proceeds benefit Filling in the Blanks, a local nonprofit which supports area children experiencing hunger by providing them with meals on the weekends. Sunset Wine Party was created by Connecticut-based wine connoisseur, Paula Alonso, who wanted to share her passion for wine while raising money for important local causes. Filling in the Blanks was founded by mothers and community activists, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, who created the nonprofit as a way to bring together their community, children, food and charity. The nonprofit provides weekend meals to children in need who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. Thirty-plus wines from retailer DB Fine Wines are to be showcased, plus food, music and more. Presenting Sponsor: DB Fine Wines; Magnum Sponsor: BMW of Darien; and Super Sponsors: Elements Medical Aesthetics and Rock, Paper, Scissors Custom Events.
The second-annual Big LeBREWski, presented by the RI Brewers Guild and RI Food Fights, is a statewide celebration of Rhode Island’s premier craft breweries. To participate, guests may purchase The Big LeBREWski Passport here and then each of the coupons, designed by RI Food Fights, can be used for a complimentary tasting or pour at more than 20 participating Rhode Island venues throughout the month of March. This is a 21+ event. No one under the legal age will be permitted to buy a passport. IDs will be required with the use of coupons.
Join Horizon Beverage Co. of Rhode Island for a spring wine portfolio show and seminar series for trade professionals and accounts.
Italian Wine Seminar from 3:00 Pm to 4:30 PM in the Rotunda Room
Main tasting in the Grand Ballroom from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
This event is a trade-only event; contact your sales representative for more information. RSVP please.
Wine Wizards will host its spring tasting for trade guests and accounts at its warehouse in Rumford on April 17. Guests will have the opportunity to taste imported wine and spirits from Wine Wizards’ latest portfolio and discuss selections with visiting suppliers and the Wine Wizards team. This is a trade only event. Please contact your sales representative for more details.
Rhode Island PBS will host its annual food and wine event, “An Evening Uncorked!” on April 21 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. Returning for its 23rd year, the event will feature WJAR’s Mario Hilario as Event Emcee and Chef Ming Tsai, host of the PBS show, Simply Ming, as its celebrity guest, with a book signing by Ming, with his new book, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals. Guests will enjoy a variety of drink tastes from local wholesalers, fine wines from Gasbarro’s Wines and Brands of Portugal, spirits from Boston Harbor Distillery, KEEL Vodka, Rhode Island Spirits and Stonecutter Spirits; and beer from Narragansett Beer and Whalers Brewing Company, paired with food from top Rhode Island eateries. Showcased venues will include Blaze, Bywater, Chapel Grille, Diego’s Eastside, Gracie’s, Luigi’s, Pot Au Feu, Russel Morin Catering & Events, The Capital Grille and Coast Guard House. Event is 21+.
The Newport Beer Festival returns for the 11th year, celebrating Rhode Island breweries and some out-of-state favorites. A showcase of 50 craft brewers at one landmark location, Fort Adams State Park, for an afternoon of handcrafted beers poured by the people who make them. 21+ with valid ID. Rain or shine. All sales final – no refunds. Proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild. Food will be available for purchase, plus live music throughout the festival.
The Newport Beer Festival will return to Fort Adams for its 11th year on April 29. Sponsored by Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. and Pour Judgement Bar & Grill, the event will showcase beer from approximately 40 craft breweries with local, live music performed throughout the afternoon and food available for purchase. Event is 21+, rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild.
Taste of Rhode Island is a delicious celebration of Rhode Island’s great food, local spirits and live entertainment. Hosted by Pat Paolino, Pat Cruz Events and Lupe Aguilar, Rhody Foody, more than 50 of the state’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers, wineries and breweries will be showcasing their offerings. More info to be announced soon.
- Entertainment and Special Guest Appearances by local celebrities.
- VIP area with Exclusive Champagne and Tastings.
- Special Raffle and Silent Auction benefiting MAE Organization for the Homeless.
See last year’s highlights here.
The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) will host a hospitality industry meeting at Terrazza Bistro on May 22. Led by representatives from Health Source RI for Employers and Napier Financial, the event will give trade guests a mid-session legislative and industry update and inform them on how the legislation will affect their businesses and what they can do to boost employee recruitment and retention, followed by a cocktail reception. This event is free for RIHA members, however you must pre-register to attend. Members are encouraged to bring a non-member friend, registration also required.