The 2019 Savor Litchfield Fest was a great opportunity to sample perfectly sized bites and sips of the best culinary offerings Litchfield County, CT has to offer. On the beautiful grounds of South Farms in Morris, CT what was once a working barn has been renovated to become an ideal rental space for parties and events. Fields of wildflowers and the smell of fresh-cut hay were the perfect accouterments for this outdoor showcase of superb local small businesses. Clothing, home good, spa and an abundance of fine food and wine purveyors were all in attendance. Live music by Switch Factory was a delight to hear and children were invited to paint in the pop-up process art studio offered by Art Room Atelier (Bantam), a wonderful local business whose mission is to help children and teens explore art through discovery and self-expression.
Some edible highlights from the festival included local bakeries The Bakery (Litchfield) and Love Heart’s Bakery (Litchfield). These bakeries offered samples of their fresh-baked bread, including sourdoughs, multigrain and delicious olive bread. The Mayflower Grace Restaurant and Spa (Washington Depot) offered salmon and dill roulettes and delicate cups of custard made with local Washington orchard Averill Farm’s apples. The Barn served up pulled pork sliders and clam chowder. The White Horse Tavern (New Preston) offered guests Raj Chicken Salad in tiny ice cream cones. Infinity Hall music venue and bistro (Norfolk) offered shrimp salad and calendars of upcoming events showcasing can’t miss musical performers.
In the drinks department, The Marketplace Restaurant located in the old Litchfield Jailhouse served fig martinis and Asylum Distillery (Bridgeport) served their celery vodka and maple bourbon. In the locally crafted category veterans like Litchfield Distillery (Litchfield) and Hopkins Vineyard (Warren) poured alongside some fantastic newcomers. These included Spring Hill Vineyards from Washington who offered a red blend, Cabernet Franc, and my favorite, Marquette. Another remarkable new business on display at Savor Litchfield was Mine Hill Distillery (Roxbury) who offered an incredibly complex yet balanced gin as well as a vodka.