First Annual CT Cheese & Wine Festival Oct. 16

Award-winning cheesemaker and farmer, Mark Gilman, of Cato Corner Farm in Colchester, CT
Award-winning cheesemaker and farmer Mark Gilman of Cato Corner Farm in Colchester, CT, whose cheese Hooligan has been named by both Saveur Magazine and Wine Spectator Magazine as one of America’s top cheeses.

The first annual Connecticut Cheese & Wine Festival 2010 is a celebration of artisanal handcrafted cheeses and wines, small farms and small batch producers of all natural specialty foods at Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Rd in New Preston, CT on Saturday October 16, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Co-hosted by Hopkins Vineyard and Artisan Food Store of Southbury, CT this event will feature locally made award winning farmstead and artisanal cheeses from Cato Corner Farm, Beltane Farm, Ladies of Levita Road FarmArtisan Food Store and handcrafted boutique wines from Hopkins Vineyard, Jones Winery and Walker Road Vineyard and specialty foods from small farms and artisan food producers in Connecticut and the Northeast US including single-nectar source honeys from Red Bee Honey.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cheeses, wines, all natural handcrafted breads, chocolates, jams, produce, flavored butters, sauces, honey, maple syrup and more. Meet cheese makers, wine makers, beekeepers, bakers, farmers and small batch artisan food producers while tasting their regionally distinctive food and beverage creations.

Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century Farm, proudly maintains a tradition of making fine wines. In 1979, the first vines were planted and the 19th century barn was converted into a state-of-the-art winery. For over 30 years Hopkins Vineyard has been engaged in the art and craft of winemaking. Today the vineyard handcrafts 11 different varieties of award winning wines.

There will be fun activities scheduled throughout the day including cooking demos by top Connecticut chefs, face painting, hay rides and live music. Great fun for the whole family!

Event takes place under tent so bring the whole family-come rain or shine!

Please call Artisan Food Store at 203 262-9390 for more information. Price: $10.00

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