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The Big West E Offers Tastes Honoring Postponed State Fair

By October 24, 2020Connecticut, Top News

The Hospitality Collective, in collaboration with Fiddleheads Cafe in Hartford’s West End, hosted a celebration in honor of the postponed Connecticut fair, The Big E, with multiple last-weekend-of-September dates and entry times for safe enjoyment and service. The Big West E brought the best of the popular New England pastime to guests with fair food, specialty cocktails, live music and games in a safe, socially distanced setting with both indoor and outdoor seating options. Guests enjoyed four courses of elevated fair food prepared by Chefs David Gilmore, Ben Dubow and Pepe Burby, Owner, Fiddleheads Cafe, along with canned cocktails from The Cocktail Chemist by Dimitrios Zahariadis. Both evenings featured local craft beer selections in the event’s beer garden, including selections from Alvarium Beer Co., Back East Brewing Company, City Steam Brewery, Connecticut Valley Brewing Company, Firefly Hollow Brewing Co., Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Phantom Brewing Co. and Two Roads Brewing Company. Signature fair-themed cocktails were led by Khalid Williams, Justin Morales, Jerome Daigneault and Sam Dzeicol, alongside many trade professionals and groups, including CheersCT, Shogun Ex and Toast, also involved in executing the memorable all-hands-on-deck tasting experience. Williams said, “We are dedicated to giving people some respite and some fun and some piece of mind during a really hard time. This event specifically, the Big E is canceled, and every year, it’s such a cornerstone of New England. We wanted to bring that feel, add some chef-driven food, mixologist-driven cocktails but still keep the fun, lighthearted atmosphere.” The event benefited Fiddleheads Cafe and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Connecticut Chapter during September’s National Suicide Prevention Month.


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