Food, Glorious, Food: Feasts to Welcome Fall
On September 11 in Hudson and Great Barrington; September 12 in Litchfield
How sublime are the pig roasts that Jeremy Stanton of Fire Roasted Catering stages? They get rave reviews not only from locavores, carnivores and food-world poo-bahs like Ruch Reichl (who hired him to prepare her husband’s 70th birthday dinner earlier this summer) but also from vegans, who swoon over the way he grills vegetables in the style of the South American chef Francis Mallmann. The Seventh Annual North Plain Farm Pig Roast—a once-a-year collaboration between Jeremy and his brothers Sean (a farmer and chairman of Great Barrington’s Board of Selectman and Peter who runs the not-for-profit Nutrition Center—is a festive, affordable way to sample the best locally raised meat and vegetables in a down-home community setting. “It gets bigger and better every year, and people show up and have a great time even when it rains,” says Sean Stanton, who raises animals at North Plain and Blue Hill Farms, which supply New York City’s acclaimed Blue Hill restaurant. “This year we have two one-hundred pound pigs, a veal calf and a bunch of chickens. And I’ll be providing the tomatoes, too.” Other farms contributing vegetables and cheese to the feast include Laura Meister‘s Farm Girl Farm, Foggy River Farm, Indian Line Farm, Rawson Brook Farm and Taft Farm.
7th Annual North Plain Farm Pig Roast
Great Barrington, MA
Saturday, September 11
Drinks at 4 p.m.; Meal begins at 5 p.m.
$35 for adults; children under 16 pay their age.
Last year, the Warren Street merchants formed the BeLo 3rd group to promote their often overlooked strip of Hudson’s shopping corridor. They have invited restaurants, food shops and caterers from upper Warren Street to join them at the Second Annual Taste of Hudson food festival. Some 20 tables will be set up under a big tent on the 200 block of Warren Street and fairgoers can purchase BeLo Bucks ($1 each) to purchase food from the various vendors including RI favorites such as DA/BA, Olde Hudson, (p.m.) Wine Bar, and Verdigris Tea. But the new BBQ joint in town is expected to be a major presence. “American Glory will probably steal the show,” says Juliette Crill, who is helping to organize the event.
Taste of Hudson
Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Saturday, September 11
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In the RI region, when the tickets cost $150 you expect an extravaganza, which is exactly what the Connecticut Farmland Trust has been dishing up every fall for a decade. The 10th anniversary Celebration of Connecticut Farms features all Connecticut-grown food prepared by the state’s finest chefs, vinters and farm artisans. In addition to the 30 participating restaurants, there will be farm tours, live music and paintings by the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. The event helps fund the Connecticut Farmland Trust, the state’s only private, non-profit state-wide agricultural land trust dedicated to conserving Connecticut’s working lands by aquiring agricultural conservation easements and providing technical assistance to land trusts, municipalities, and state agencies.
Tickets will not be sold at the door, but can be purchased up until the afternoon of Saturday, September 11 by clicking here.
10th Anniversary Celebration of Connecticut Farms
Sunday, September 12
Laurel Ridge Farm, Litchfield, CT
noon - 4:30 p.m.
And . . . Save the Date: September 20
Berkshire Grown’s 12th Annual Harvest Supper
Eastover Resort, Lenox, MA
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This event always sells out, so buy tickets ($65) early.