Food Experiences

Tickle your taste buds, puzzle your palate and put your food knowledge to the test! Food experiences at the Festival are journeys for your senses that will whet your appetite and your intellect!

Note: Reservations are required for all Food Experiences. Food Experiences are meant to offer a taste of the dishes provided. A full meal is not provided unless explicitly stated.

Brews & BBQ

How can you not love it? Come join Black Hog Brewery and Ricky D’s Rib Shack as they mix two great tastes together in a delightful pairing. Sample the infamous “Kansa-Lina BBQ” that has New Haven in a frenzy and toast in celebration with Black Hog Brewery beer.

This is a 21+ event. Valid IDs must be presented at the door.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

Long Table Evening

Set along a communal dining table, this is a perfect time to get together with old friends or make some new ones! Enjoy a main course by Jason Sobocinski from Caseus, featuring locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients from Massaro Community Farm.

This is a 21+ event. Valid IDs must be presented at the door.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

East Meets West Pairing

Ever wondered what happens when the flavors of two continents collide? Join this tasting event and explore the culinary gifts of modern Mediterranean restaurant Midpoint Istanbul. Indulge in the fusion of European and Asian cuisine accompanied by the fabulous mixology from the historic Ordinary.

This is a 21+ event. Valid IDs must be presented at the door.

Thu, June 14, 2018, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

Soul Food Experience

Anchor Spa's Executive Chef Stephen J. Ross serves some of his favorite dishes inspired by his grandmother, paired with drinks from Jamaican-born mixologist Bootleg Greg.

This is a 21+ event. Valid IDs must be presented at the door.

Fri, June 15, 2018, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

Chef's Lunch and Show

Join Omni Hotel’s Executive Chef Todd Ruiz and Restaurant Manager Tom Fallon for a stroll to the City Seed Farmer’s Market to hand select seasonal ingredients to be prepared in a culinary demonstration at John Davenport’s.There you will enjoy a taste of New Haven flavor while enjoying the best views of the Elm City. Then, head over to the University Theatre to see the fantasy adventure A Billion Nights on Earth.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 10:00am  Details

Kayak and Oyster Tasting

Best suited for advanced kayakers comfortable with 4 miles of paddling.

This outdoor adventure begins with a paddle down the scenic Quinnipiac River and continues on an exploration of the sea life of the Sound. With your appetite whetted, land at Shell & Bones for a tantalizing pairing of oysters and beer.

Sat, June 16, 2018, 2:00pm  Details
3 hrs

International Fusion at the Orchid Cafe

Come and enjoy an amazing fusion of dishes made by ConnCAT's culinary students. Bring your taste buds an exciting adventure while sampling food from some of the future top chefs of New Haven.

Wed, June 20, 2018, 11:00am  Details
2 hrs