Food Experiences

New Haven is a foodie city with so many delectable foods and drinks to experience. Get special insights into your favorite hot spots or sample something totally new with our Food Experiences at the Festival. Below is a selection of our events, make sure to check back for a complete list.

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.

History of the Cocktail

presented with Ordinary

Travel through the history of the inception of the cocktail in New Haven and around the world. Then, join mix master Tim Cabral of Ordinary for specialty drinks.

Sat, June 8, 2019, 4:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

State Street Wine Walk

presented with Oak Haven Table & Bar, Cave √° Vin A Wine Bar On State Street, August, Hudson Leroy

Take a short walk down State Street and visit the neighborhood's wonderful wine bars. Sip, savor and learn about what makes each one unique and memorable.

Tue, June 11, 2019, 5:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Bear's at the Stack - Beer and BBQ Pairing

presented with Black Hog Brewing Co. and The Stack

Come on out to The Stack's fantastic Biergarten and indulge in 5 pairings of beer and barbeque led by Jason Sobocinski from Black Hog Brewing Co.

Thu, June 13, 2019, 5:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour with Lee Cruz

presented with Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Enjoy the cultural and culinary diversity of Fair Haven with a tour led by Lee Cruz. Taste the cuisines of Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and more while learning the history of New Haven's most eclectic and ethnically diverse neighborhood.

June 15 - 22, 2019  Details
3 hrs

Feast of the Future

presented with Global Local Gourmet and the Ely Center

Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet will cook a meal filled with dishes inspired by foods of the future that will be environmentally sustainable in our ever-changing globe like seaweed, insects, wild meat and weeds. What will food look like despite rising sea levels, a warming ocean affected by acidification and deoxygenation of our waters?

Wed, June 19, 2019, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

World Refugee Day Food Bazaar

presented with the Sanctuary Kitchen and CitySeed

Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a World Refugee Day Food Bazaar at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas - an evening of cuisine and culture from around the world. Enjoy multicultural food and drink prepared by recently resettled refugees, and celebrate their contribution to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area. Mix and mingle, create connections, and feast while listening to a world music concert on the New Haven Green.

Thu, June 20, 2019, 5:30pm  Details
2 hrs

The Sustainable Kitchen

presented with Hamilton Park at The Blake Hotel

Kiwi star chef Matt Lambert celebrates New England seafood at his newly opened neo-bistro Hamilton Park, located in Downtown New Haven's Blake Hotel." Chef Matt will provide an introduction to sustainably sourced seafood, why it's important, how you can source responsibly and how to prepare a simple but inspired fish dish at home. Sommelier Kim Kunzik will be on hand to pair wines of similar terroir and farming philosophies.

Fri, June 21, 2019, 3:00pm  Details
2 hrs

Friday Night Beer Garden

presented with the local CT Breweries

Join us for a concert on the New Haven Green while sampling beers from regional breweries. Purchase a ticket and receive a commemorative cup to enjoy tastings of a variety of palate-pleasing brews.

Fri, June 21, 2019, 6:00pm  Details
2 hrs 30 min