<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 29 Jun 2017 08:47:48 -0400Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:47:48 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpg Coo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Can You Identify These Celebrities in Sunglasses?]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SUNGLASSES_DAY_1-149858084274500001.jpg

June 27 is National Sunglasses Day. Can you identify these celebrities based on their sunglasses?

<![CDATA[Nintendo Goes Back Into Retro Gaming Market With SNES Classic]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SNES_CLASSIC_062617_2_1-149850703485200001.jpg

Nintendo will release the Super Nintendo Classic on Sept. 29, after the success of the release of NES Classic last year.

<![CDATA[Siblings Start 203 Lifestyle Brand]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:52:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Siblings_Start_203_Lifestyle_Brand.jpg

A brother and sister have launched The Two Oh Three to celebrate Connecticut.

<![CDATA[Behind the Keyboard: How New Emojis Are Chosen]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-1.jpg

Between wizards, rock climbers, and gender non-conforming people, many of the 137 new emojis coming soon to your phone's keyboard may have come from the minds of ordinary texters, NBC News reported. 

Like all four batches before it, the latest set of emojis was approved by the Unicode Consortium, an international organization that ensures all words and images are read the same way on devices everywhere. The newest release should appear in your next system update. 

Anyone can propose an emoji to the Unicode Consortium, which narrows down candidates based on factors like use and popularity in a lengthy process.

"It's not like the Supreme Court, they’re not going off into some star chamber in robes or anything. It’s not like that at all," consortium member Greg Welch told NBC News.

Photo Credit: Emojipedia]]>
<![CDATA[Ruffed Up: The Dogs in Competition to Be World's Ugliest]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:32:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/191*120/AP_17175106375003.jpg

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Eric Risberg]]>
<![CDATA['Star Trek: Bridge Crew' Goes Where No Gamer Has Gone Before]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/STBC_Enterprise_AstroGator_1490913773.png

The world of virtual reality in video games has explored places never seen or experienced. In these scenarios, the landscape and everything that goes with it is new and springs from someone’s imagination.

But what if VR tries to recreate someplace that is very well known and puts the player inside that location? In “Star Trek: Bridge Crew,” developers not only let you see what it is like to be on the bridge of a Federation starship but also allow you to take control of different positions, including being the captain.

For a “Star Trek” fan, this is a dream come true. Whether you are aboard the U.S.S. Aegis, a newer starship, or the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise (the first one), the attention to detail by Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft is meticulous, lovingly rendered, and reflects the passion of those who loved the television series and the movies.

David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm, felt a little bit of pressure to get things right, but he wanted it to be more than just a recreation.

“’Star Trek,’ maybe even more than ‘Star Wars,’ has fans that are extremely adamant about accuracy and scientific logic behind everything,” Votypka said. “We knew from the very beginning we had to get it right. Not only the details on the bridge but actually the sense of being inside ‘Star Trek’ and being on a Federation starship and doing the things that a Federation officer does.”

The VR experience is best done using hand controllers, which allows the players the freedom to use their hands in a more natural motion. Whether captain, engineer, helm or tactical, the roles intertwine and create a sense of team to complete the missions.

It is a smooth experience for the player and doesn’t create any motion-related illnesses that can come with a virtual reality game. The calm motion, when not in a firefight situation, also allows players to really get a sense of how vast and complex the bridge of a starship can be.

Whether on the Enterprise or the Aegis, Votypka and his team created a unique sense of actually being on those starships. Fortunately, they had many years of source materials to make sure they could produce that feeling, both visually and aurally.

“The Aegis was based off the ships in the new films. In recent Hollywood production, the crews keep all the digital copies of everything they’ve done,” Votypka said. “(For the Enterprise,) CBS has an archive in (Los Angeles) and we got to visit that and they have props that exist from the shows.”

Whether it was audio tracks from the films or TV shows or video that play on the background screens on the Enterprise, the developers had a lot of material from which to work. Votypka said it was all very helpful in allowing them to get the finer details while still using them as springboards to tell the stories they wanted to tell.

Some of the most meticulous information as to the look and feel of the Enterprise bridge came from a super fan, James Cawley, from Ticonderoga, New York, who built a life-sized replica of the starship from the original TV series.

“Every hallway, every room, every prop you could think of. When I walked in there, it totally felt like a time machine, especially when I walked into the transporter room. I really expected (William) Shatner to walk around the corner at any minute,” Votypka said. “When I went on to the bridge, it was recreated to the finest level of detail.”

Cawley used screenshots from DVD and Blu-Rays of the original series to help him build his “starship.” He also spoke with set designers who worked on the series in the 1960s to find out what they made their props with and how they constructed each piece.

All that attention to detail is great, but it only becomes truly immersive in a game setting where players can naturally interact with one another. Social VR, allowing players to interact with one another through voice or gesture, gave the starship bridges a new sense of reality with the natural movements of the players.

“The heart of ‘Star Trek’ is the relationships between those people on the crew,” Votypka said. “The idea of social VR and ‘Star Trek’ seemed like a perfect fit.”

Whether in solo mode or in co-op with other players, “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” hopes everyone gets the feeling they are in starship missions. The missions aren’t all combat, but like their inspirations, the starships also explore, find new discoveries, help others when they can, and put them in situations where there is not necessarily one right answer.

“That’s such a common theme in ‘Star Trek,’ where they come upon a situation, and there is no obvious choice here, and we just have to make the best moral decision we can or the best decision that reflects the intent of Starfleet,” Votypka said.

Much like those starship, the game also has its unique computer partners. IBM Watson, and its interactive speech and cognitive capabilities adds another layer to let players use their voice and natural-language commands to interact with their virtual Starfleet crew members.

“We have been eager to find the right way to use interactive speech further the immersive and interactive experiences that virtual reality offers,” said Votypka. “Watson gives captains in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ the ability to issue commands to non-player crew members in the same way they do with a human crew by using their voice.”

Watson can operate a crew of just AI characters or mix in with other human players without breaking the immersion of the experience. Think of it as having another Vulcan on the bridge.

Votypka doesn’t want people to think this is only for “Star Trek” fans. He hopes the lure of the detailed experience in virtual reality will get other people to dive into the universe.

“The game is about being on a spaceship with others, with your friends out in space, and that’s a pretty broad and universal fantasy,” he said. “The core gameplay experience and the social interaction is still a lot of fun, even if you aren’t a ‘Star Trek’ lover.”

“Star Trek: Bridge Crew” is available now for Oculus Rift, PlayStationVR and HTC Vive. It is rated E 10+ for everyone 10 years of age or older due to fantasy violence.

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<![CDATA[Food Truck Friday DrewbaQ]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Food_Truck_Friday_DrewbaQ.jpg

Learn more about DrewbaQ.

<![CDATA[Lake Compounce Offering Free Admission for Good Grades]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/lake+compounce+1.jpg

If your children did well in school this year, you can treat them to a day at Lake Compounce, and your good student or students will get in for free, according to a Facebook post from Lake Compounce. 

Free admission is offered when a regular admission ticket is purchased.

Lake Compounce says the offer is in-park only.

The park is located at 186 Enterprise Drive in Bristol. 

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<![CDATA[Two Roads Brewing Opens Tap Room at Bradley Airport]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:23:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/209*120/Two+Roads+Tap+Room+leadership.jpg

Two Roads Brewing has opened the Two Roads Tap Room at Bradley International Airport. 

"It is a beautiful replica of our tasting room in Stratford, including wood floors, industrial light fixtures, and a large mural of our brewing tanks. Even the bar top is made from the same wood blocks once used on the floor of our 100-year-old building," Two Roads CEO and co-founder Brad Hittle said in a statement. 

The Two Roads Tap Room is located after TSA screening in the Gates 1-12 concourse and it is open daily. 

It will serve Two Roads beers on draft, beer flights, and food options such as deli sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. Beers from several other Connecticut breweries will be served as well.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Airport Authority]]>
<![CDATA[A Speck in the Sea Tells Harrowing Ordeal of Fisherman]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/A_Speck_in_the_Sea_Tells_Harrowing_Ordeal_of_Fisherman.jpg This memoir by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski is a first-hand account of the search and rescue of a Montauk fisherman in 2013. It's becoming a movie.]]> <![CDATA[See Ferraris for a Good Cause in West Hartford This Weekend]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:52:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/See_Ferraris_for_a_Good_Cause_in_West_Hartford_This_Weekend.jpg

Concorso Ferrari and Friends is a fundraiser in West Hartford this weekend.

<![CDATA[Burger King Shakes Up Menu with Lucky Charms Beverage]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:44:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/armus-lucky-charms-shake.jpg

They're magically delicious — and now, they're in a milkshake.

Lucky Charms cereal will appear in a limited-edition shake at select Burger King locations, the fast-food chain announced last week.

At $2.99, the Lucky Charms shake features 740 calories' worth of ice cream, syrup, and crushed pieces of the sugary marshmallow cereal.

"The mashup of our velvety vanilla-flavored soft serve and one of America’s classic breakfast cereals is something we think our guests are going to love," Alex Macedo, the president of Burger King North America, said in a statement.

The Lucky Charms concoction follows the release of other Burger King mashup beverages like an Oreo shake and a Froot Loops shake, the latter of which was added to menus in April.

BK isn't he only food chain to make waves for its dairy creations this year, after Unicorn Frappuccinos swept the nation in the spring as part of a purple and pink unicorn-themed food craze.

Ben & Jerry's has also combined cereal with frozen dairy products, releasing three new ice cream flavors in March called "Cereal Splashbacks" designed to taste like Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Pebbles or Froot Loops.

Photo Credit: Burger King]]>
<![CDATA[Celebs and Pros to Tee Off for Travelers Championship Pro-Am]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:02:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bubba+travelers_fixed.jpg

Anyone with to watch Rory McIlroy tee off on the 1st hole for the Celebrity Pro-Am at the Travelers Championship on Wednesday had to get up early.

McIlroy, the third-ranked player in the world, had the 6:50 a.m. tee time on Wednesday.

Others teeing off early included Masters champion and two-time Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson at 7 a.m on the first tee, and rising star Justin Thomas at 6:50 a.m. on the 10th tee.

If you're looking for the celebrities playing on Wednesday, most will be teeing off from the 1st tee just past noon.

Here's a list:

  • 12:20 p.m.: Chris Berman, Kevin Nealon, Tim Wakefield
  • 12:30 p.m.: Dane DeHaan, Geno Auriemma
  • 12:40 p.m.: Jim Calhoun, Scott Burrell, Mike Cavanaugh
  • 12:50 p.m.: Rebecca Lobo, Chris Dailey
  • 1 p.m.: Ray Allen, Dan Orlovsky, Randy Edsall

The world's No. 5 player, Jordan Spieth tees off from the 1st tee just ahead of those groups, at 12:10 p.m.

Click here for a full list of Celebrity Pro-Am tee times.

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<![CDATA[Summer Food Truck Festivals]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:24:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Waterbury+food+trucks+web.jpg

With summer weather on the way, why not take lunch outside? Check out this list of upcoming food truck festivals across the state, and for more food truck suggestions catch Food Truck Fridays on NBC Connecticut news at 11 a.m.

Harwinton Family Food Truck Festival
June 25

  • 100 Bentley Street, Harwinton
  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 20+ trucks
  • Free admission
  • Hosted by the Harwinton Lions Club and VAP Events

Waterbury Brass Mill Center Firework & Food Truck Fest
July 2

  • Brass Mill Center, 495 Union St, Waterbury
  • 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 25+ trucks and a fireworks show
  • Free admission and parking

Riverfront Food Truck Festival
July 6-8

  • Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford
  • 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Trucks included: Ben & Jerry’s, Jay R Thai & Chinese, New Haven Pizza Truck, Poutine Gourmet, and more!
  • Photos of past event is on the website

Litchfield County Food Truck & Hot Air Balloon Festival
July 7-9

  • 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT
  • 2 p.m.- 8 p.m.
  • 40+ trucks included

New London Food Truck Festival
Jul 22 and August 26

  • New London Waterfront Park
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Trucks included: The Rolling Tomato, Snowie of CT, Keifer’s Kettle Korn, Spuds Your Way, Supreme Hot Dogs, and more!

New England Food Truck Festival
September 2-3

  • Mohegan Sun
  • Sat: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. , Sun: 12 p.m. -6:15 p.m.
  • Single Day Admission: $5, 2-day admission: $8, Free 6 and under
  • Trucks included: Yumm Bai, Whoopie Wagon, NoRA Cupcake Company and more!

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[2017 Connecticut Fireworks Displays]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:21:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworkssdsan.jpg

Wednesday, June 28

Oxford: 9:45 p.m.: 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road. 

Friday, June 30

Danbury: dusk: Danbury Fair Mall Fireworks,  7 Backus Ave.  Rain date is July 3.

Hamden: Hamden Independence Day Celebration at Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave. Rain date is July 1.

Hartford: Hartford Yard Goats, Dunkin' Donuts Park, after the game. 

Killingly: 9:15 p.m.: Red White and Blue BBQ at Owen Bell Park. Rain date is July 7.

Norwich: Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium, after the game. 

Oxford: 9:45 p.m.: Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road.

Simsbury: After the concert: Celebrate America - Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. Rain date is July 1.

Stafford Springs: After the feature events: Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks at Stafford Motor Speedway, 55 West St. 

Stratford: 9 p.m.: Short Beach Park. Rain date is July 5. 

Saturday, July 1

Greenwich: Dusk: Greenwich Point and Binney Park. Rain date is July 2. 

Hartford: After the Game: Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park

Lakeville: 9 p.m.: Salisbury Rotary Club Independence Day Fireworks at Lime Rock Park

Manchester: 9:30 p.m.: Manchester Fireworks and Chicken BBQ, Manchester Band Shell area, 1K Thompson Road 

Middletown: Around 9:30 p.m. Set off from barge off of Harbor Park. Rain date is July 2. 

New Britain: After the game: New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium. 

Wallingford: 8:15 p.m.: Sheehan High School

Sunday, July 2

Fairfield: Around 9:15 p.m.: Independence Day Fireworks Show. Penfield or Jenning Beachs. Rain dates are July 3 and 4. 

Hartford: After the game: Hartford Yard Goats at- Dunkin' Donuts Park.

Orange: 9:30 p.m.: Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display, Orange Fairgrounds. Rain date is July 3.

Sharon: 9:30 p.m.: 2017 Sharon Independence Day Celebration, Lake Mossapoag. Rain date is July 9.

Waterbury: Around 9 p.m.: Food Trucks & Fireworks, Brass Mill Center. Rain date is July 9.

Monday, July 3

Derby: Derby Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display. Downtown Derby/Shelton. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

Madison: 9:30 p.m. Waterfront area off West Wharf Beach. Rain date is July 7. 

Naugatuck: 9:15 p.m. Naugatuck’s 2017 Fireworks Celebration. Old Firehouse Road. Rain date is July 5.

Norwalk: After 8 p.m. performances. Fireworks at Calf Pasture Beach. Rain date is July 5. 

West Haven: 9 p.m. Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular at Bradley Point Park. Rain date is July 5. 

Westport: 9: p.m. WPAL Independence Day Fireworks at Compo Beach. Rain date is July 5.

Tuesday, July 4

Haddam: The Search for Fireworks Cruise departs from Eagle Landing State Park at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m.

Middlebury: 10:15 p.m., 3-D Fireworks at Quassy Amusement Park overlooking lake Quassapaug.

New Britain: 9:15 p.m., The Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park.

New Canaan: Dusk. Family Fourth of July Celebration at Waveny Park. Rain date for fireworks is July 5.

New Haven: 9 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks at East Rock Park.

Norwalk: 9:15 pm. Rowayton Civic Association Fireworks. Bayley Beach. Rain date is July 5.

Norwich: End of the Connecticut Tigers game, at approximately 9 p.m., Dodd Stadium.

Wilton: 9:30 p.m. Wilton’s 4th of July Celebration at Wilton High School’s athletic complex. Rain date is July 5.

Friday, July 7

Windsor Locks: 9:30 p.m. Windsor Locks Fire Department Carnival. Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Saturday, July 8

Beacon Falls: Dusk at Pent Road Fields

New London: Approximately 9 p.m. Sailfest. Waterfront Park and State Pier.

Sunday, July 9

Enfield: 9:45 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza. Town Green. 

Get more information from the state Department of Tourism website.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A To Offer Gluten-Free Buns]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:14:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_CHICK_FIL_A_GLUTEN_FREE_061917_1-149790016143700001.jpg

Chick-Fil-A has become the latest fast food chain to offer gluten-free options to its customers. The new gluten-free bun will come wrapped in plastic since the kitchens are not gluten-free. Customers who pay the extra $1.15 for the gluten-free bun will need to assemble their own sandwich

<![CDATA[What to Know Before You Go to the Travelers Championship]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:16:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/russell+knox_travelers.jpg

Headed to the Travelers Championship this year? Here’s what you need to know before hitting the course.

This year's tournament runs June 19-June 25 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Put 676 Main Street, Cromwell into the GPS to access the main entrance and parking.

There are 156 players expected to attend, including three of the world’s top five-ranked players Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth. Click here for the full list.

Tickets range from $13 to $47 by day, or $145 for a weekly pass. Special upgraded club tickets are also available for an additional cost. Buy your tickets by clicking here.

Regular parking ranges from $8 to $12 in the “Gold Lot,” or Lot B, for the general public. VIP Parking ranges from $18 to $22.

The Gold Lot opens at 6 a.m. and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early arrivals will have a short walk to the Main Gate, but later arrivals may have a 10-minute walk to the entrance.

The VIP parking areas also fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Note that VIP parking pass holders will be directed to the Gold Lot once the VIP lots are full.

There are three admissions gates at Travelers – the Main Gate at the Main Entrance, the 9th Hole Fairway, which is accessible from the VIP Parking Lot or on foot via Golf Club Road, and the 6th Hole Green, which is accessible on foot via Field Road. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

There are ADA parking and viewing accommodations available, including a wheelchair accessible shuttle. Parking for those with a valid state permit is available at the Woodside Intermediate School at 30 Woodside Road, Cromwell. For more information, click here. 

Fans will be searched when entering the course, and there are restrictions on the sizes and types of bags allowed. For a detailed list of restricted and permitted items, click here. 

This is an outdoor event. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to pack that sunscreen for sunny days and the raincoat for the wet ones!

There is a merchandise tent near the 9th Green where you can buy official Travelers Championship Merchandise

The Travelers Championship isn’t just about the professionals playing their best game. There are special events throughout the Championship, including everything from military appreciation to Pro-Am games to a Family Day.

The Liberty Bank Concert Series this year includes performers like Drake White and The Big Fire, and Gin Blossoms. Or stop by for Women's Day on Thursday, which features and event with Tory Burch. For a full list of special events, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[First West Hartford Wine and Food Festival]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:09:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/weha+wine+and+food.jpg

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<![CDATA[Inaugural West Hartford Wine and Food Festival a Big Success]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:14:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/weha+wine+and+food.jpg

The inaugural West Hartford Wine and Food Festival took place at Kingswood Oxford school Saturday. Nearly 30 restaurants and 35 wine tables featured local cuisine and beverages all for a good cause.

Among the restaurants featured at the event were Millwright's Restaurant, Grants Restaurant and Bar, INDIA, Firebox Restaurant, Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen, and Chango Rosa tacos.  More than 250 different wines were featured.

The event benefitted the town's Independent Schools, including Kingswood Oxford, The American School for the Deaf, The Intensive Education Academy, Renbrook School, The Watkinson School, Northwest Catholic, and St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School.

"People usually don't think Independent Schools need the funds but they actually do because they give a lot of scholarships," said Lindsay Perkins, Director of Culinary for Camp KO at Kingswood Oxford.

The Intensive Education Academy is a local K-12 special needs school that will benefit from the event.

"We're getting the kids out into field trips and things like that that bring them beyond the curriculum and really supplement their education in a way that they need," said Christiana Connery from IEA. "We're a nonprofit school so we're constantly fundraising for ourselves, so someone helping us do that fundraising is all the better."

The festival's charity focus helped draw some of the region's top chefs. Chef David Borselle, co-owner of Park and Oak Restaurant, said his restaurant wanted to help give back to local students in the community.

“Park and Oak chose to be here to support the school systems in the area and the programs they have going on, which are fantastic helping with diversity, helping kids get into the schools who otherwise couldn’t,” Borselle said.

There was a lot of buzz at the event surrounding the growth of West Hartford's food scene.

"West Hartford is definitely becoming a mecca for food and wine," said Jeannette Dardenne, from Eat IN Connecticut, which put on the event. "We really felt like this was the right time to bring it and there would be a lot of support from the community. This gives an opportunity for people to see the restaurants, the caliber of what they can do, and their cooking.”

Saturday's event was a long time in the making.

“We’ve wanted to do a culinary event for 10 years,“ said Brian D. Whitney of sponsor Maximum Bevarge.

Whitney said it was all about finding the right supporter to host such a large event.

"Kingswood has been an incredible host for this event," Whitney said. "It’s a big event. We expect over 1,000 people and it’s a lot of wear and tear on the property but [Kingswood Oxford] has been terrific.”

The event also included a blind tasting and a Wine 101 tutorial.

<![CDATA[The Ships of Sail Boston 2017]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:58:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SB_02+Cover.jpg More than 50 sailing vessels from around the globe will parade into Boston Harbor this weekend for Sail Boston 2017. It's the first time since 2000 that the tall ships have visited the city. The festivities begin Saturday June 17 and continue through Thursday June 22. More than 4 million visitors are expected to view the boats and stroll their historic decks.

Photo Credit: Sail Boston, Inc.]]>
<![CDATA[Five Times Athletes Have Challenged Animals]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_5_TIMES_ATHLETES_VS_ANIMALS_061617-149765207316100001.jpg

With the announcement that Michael Phelps will race a shark for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," we take a look back at five times athletes competed against animals.

<![CDATA[Advertisers Strive to Show 'Real Dads']]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657869706-withchild.jpg

"Diapers don’t care who change them."

That's the attitude companies are increasingly adopting when advertising products for dads.

The diaper phrase, part of Procter & Gamble's #WeSeeEqual campaign from March, captures advertisers' recognition of changes in how society views fatherhood. In the ad, men, women and children defy stereotypes in the roles they take, including a father changing a diaper. Procter & Gamble is not alone: many advertisers are trying to give a truthful representation of fathers in their campaigns.

Fewer fathers are the sole breadwinners for their families now, according to the Pew Research Center. In addition, fathers are just as likely as mothers to see parenting as central to their identities. This research can shape how advertisers market their products to consumers.

"A lot of [Procter & Gamble's ads] are about breaking down stereotypes and representing this more equal world that we all aspire to," said Christine Wever, leader of the gender equality communications team at Procter & Gamble. 

Father's Day, which is being celebrated on Sunday, provides an opportunity for advertisers to showcase dads in the roles that they are increasingly taking on in home life, including caretaking and household responsibilities.

Dove Men+Care, a branch of the Dove brand and a part of Unilever since 2010, has worked to show fathers in realistic ways when advertising products. Most recently, the 2017 Dove Men+Care Father's Day campaign, #ThereToCare, features men who act as father figures for children in their latest campaign video.

"These guys want to see themselves portrayed in media in movies, T.V., pop culture, everything, the way that they're actually acting in their real lives—and that is in the caring role for their families," said Josh Levs, author of "All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together” and Dove Men+Care partner.

Competitors have followed suit in harnessing "modern masculinity and modern fatherhood," according to Levs. Gillette, a Procter & Gamble brand, has garnered praise for its "Go Ask Dad" Father’s Day campaign, which began in 2016. The campaign video features sons seeking guidance from their fathers instead of the internet.

"Modern dads are the most misunderstood parts of modern families," said Levs. "We have this scourge of the bumbling, clueless dad in ads, and we have some companies that have stepped forward to take the lead in changing that."

Social media plays a role in the shifting trends of advertising to fathers, and families more broadly. But social media platforms' emphasis on picture-perfect moments can distract from the issues that might prevent fathers from spending time with their children, according to Laura Tropp, professor of Communications and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and co-editor of "Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture."

"The more we have these positive moments [in advertisements], the less we’re really debating what it takes to allow people to be what they would consider 'good fathers,'" Tropp said. "We’re not discussing paid family leave, we're not discussing people who aren’t given the same chance to be good fathers due to problems within society."

In the end, advertisers look to sell products to consumers. But that does not mean that companies do not realize they can effect change.

"When you embrace the reality of the modern dad, that we are loving, that we prioritize families, that we are absolutely capable of doing everything that parenting requires, you see fantastic results," said Levs. "People respond, people agree, people believe in it."

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<![CDATA[The Costs Of Being A Dad]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dad-generic-and-son-shaving.jpg

Welcome to parenthood. You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your child is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, without accounting for inflation.

If you would like to send him or her to college, you will probably need at least that much more. 

A report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 at $233,610 ($284,570 adjusted for inflation). That is for the average middle-income couple; costs ranged from families in the Northeast that will spend around $264,090 to residents in the urban Midwest and rural regions who will spend about $227,400 and $193,020, respectively. 

Unfortunately, that figure is not likely to drop, and inflation-adjusted wages are not filling the gap. Costs are up across the board, and certain areas are taking an increasingly large share of the costs – especially health care, childcare and education (pre-school through high school). 

That ratio will continue to climb based on recent trends, especially with respect to childcare. 

Child Care of America (CCA) has put out an extensive report breaking down the demographics of childcare costs by state and the variations with respect to income and style of child care. Combining their data with Department of Labor statistics, CCA estimated that just in the last year, childcare costs outpaced family income by up to a factor of eight.

The CCA report shows that childcare costs and housing are the two largest components of household expenses by far – varying slightly by region, but each one is approximately twice the expenses of transportation and food, and around five times the expenses of utilities and health care. 

The percentages from the USDA report do not show childcare as quite as large of a component. Housing tops the percentages of child-raising costs at 29 percent, followed by food at 18 percent, childcare and education at 16 percent, transportation at 15 percent, health care at 9 percent, and clothing at 6 percent. Miscellaneous costs compose the remaining 7 percent. 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sets 10 percent of family income as a general benchmark for affordable childcare. Yet in the CCA study, only 10 states averaged less than 10 percent of family income for child care — the Dakotas, plus the southern block of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. 

The actual expenses of childcare are mostly independent of how much you earn. As a result, the disproportionate rise in childcare costs hurts low-income and single-parent families the most. It's no surprise that the steep bill that comes with raising a child can put a strain on your family's finances. 

Single dads have a difficult enough time handling childcare with a single income (as do single moms), because if they can't find affordable childcare or programs through their work, they have no choice but to rely on friends, relatives, or some form of unlicensed childcare. 

For married couples, there will be a threshold earnings value for the lower-earning spouse where it makes economic sense to stay home and care for children – but it may be hard for them to re-enter the workplace if they do. These are not always mothers, as there are increasing numbers of stay-at-home fathers with breadwinning mothers. 

It's okay to feel a little overwhelmed and terrified as a new father — there will be plenty more anxious moments along the way, but there will be even more moments filled with joy and wonder. Although it won't show up in your bank account, you are likely to get a great return on your investment of fatherhood. Have a happy Father's Day.

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<![CDATA['White Skittles' for U.K. Pride Month Are Drawing Backlash]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:07:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/skittles-and-tesco-crop.jpg

An all-white, limited edition of Skittles sold in the U.K. has ignited internet debate over what some critics are calling a tone-deaf marketing scheme to celebrate LGBT Pride month.

Skittles partnered with British retail chain Tesco for the second year to offer an all-white version of the candy in a black-and-white bag, following the launch of the #onerainbow campaign at London Pride last year.

Ads said that because "only one rainbow matters this pride," the multicolor candy would be going colorless in order to celebrate LGBT Pride month. It's celebrated every year in June—often with rainbow flags.

This year, some social media critics were not so happy with the brand's all-white campaign, saying the move erases racial diversity within the LGBT community.

"Happiness, fun and inclusion are at the heart of who we are," a U.K. spokesperson for Wrigley, the company that makes Skittles, said in a statement. "Any suggestion that this support for Pride is in any way racist is clearly wrong.”

Others still said they appreciated the marketing gesture and that the backlash was undeserved.

"This campaign allows us to have great fun with our brand while also raising awareness of an important issue," the Wrigley statement said, adding that the campaign allows the Pride rainbow to take center stage.

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<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate National Lobster Day in CT]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:30:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Lobster+Getty.jpg

National Lobster Day is here, so you have an excuse to enjoy the tasty crustacean in case you really needed one.

Whether you like your lobster with nothing on it, served with a side of melted butter, cut up and served in a lobster roll or turned into a bisque, today’s the day to indulge.

Here are just some places to enjoy lobster in Connecticut:

Abbott’s Lobster, on the Mystic River in Noank, has been serving lobster since 1947 and the web site has a countdown to when they will serve the last lobster.

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is located at 117 Pearl Street in Noank: 860-536-7719. You only have 16 weeks and four days!

If you’re in New London, head to Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock, at 80 Hamilton St., in New London: 860-439-1741. The hot lobster roll is one of the best sellers.

The Guilford Lobster Pound sells freshly caught lobster and boasts the freshest lobster rolls around. It is located at 505A Whitfield Street in Guilford. (203) 245-7208

The Lazy Lobster, located at 6 Broadway in Milford, serves Maine lobster during the season and lobster rolls. It also caters off-premise lobster bakes and barbecues all year long. Call them at 203-283-1864

Lenny and Joe’s serves lobster in several forms: lobster rolls, lobster casserole, lobster and crab casserole, lobster and shrimp casserole and the super lobster mac & cheese.

Lenny & Joe’s is located in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven.

If you’re near Branford, head to the Lobster Shack for a lobster roll.  It’s located at 7 Indian Neck Ave. in Branford. (203) 483-8414

The Place in Guilford is a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy lobster. Their motto is “Put Your Rump on a Stump,” and you sit outside on seats made of tree stumps. Choose from the 1-1/8-pound, 1-¼-pound or 1-1/2-pound lobster. We recommend the roasted corn with it.

The Place is located at 901 Boston Post Road in Guilford. 203-453-9276

If you live near Rocky Hill, head to Shad Row at Ferry Landing and enjoy a hot or cold lobster roll. Shad Row is located at 277 Meadow Road in Rock Hill: 860-571-0535

If you don’t have a favorite place for lobster rolls, Sally Lerman, of Hartford, can help you.

Her “Lobster Gal” blog gives a thorough review of lobster rolls around New England. She is also the author of “Lobster Rolls of New England.”

Comment below and let us know your favorite place for lobster in Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Deadlocked Escape Rooms Coming to Stamford]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:21:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/home+invasion+generic+image.jpg

Deadlocked Escape Rooms is opening a location in Stamford and bringing its mystery solving adventure games to the city.

Escape rooms are a form of adventure entertainment in which participants are locked in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles and clues to escape from that room.

Deadlocked Escape Rooms will open at 1000 Hope St., near the State Cinema and the Stamford Twin Rinks.

The company said the venue is appropriate for all ages and purposes, from birthday parties to corporate events, and a variety of themes are offered.

Teams can either compete solo or against another team.

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<![CDATA['Boy Meets World' House Finds a Buyer]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:15:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg A Studio City house featured in the 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has sold for $1.29 million, a spokeswoman for the real estate agency said.

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<![CDATA[Seattle’s Space Needle Set for Renovation]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:10:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_21.Still002.jpg

Starting in September, the 55-year-old Space Needle will undergo renovations to add a floor-to-ceiling glass observation deck and a glass restaurant floor.

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<![CDATA[Fireworks Set to Return to Hartford Riverfront This July]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/851d1032807a47349c5b63b48ecbd99f.jpg

The popular Riverfront Fireworks will be returning to Hartford this summer following a year off due to financial challenges.  The fireworks show is now scheduled for July 8 as part of a larger summer series of events called the "Summer in the City" program.

These events were announced Tuesday by Hartford mayor Luke Bronin and Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  United Technologies and other partners are helping support the events in the capital city this summer.

“Hartford has a great lineup of concerts and festivals every summer, but the City has never had the resources to promote and support these events as part of a coordinated summer series," said Bronin. “These events happen every year because of committed, dedicated volunteers. As our fiscal challenge forced the City to cut back on subsidizing those events, we asked private funders to help us do what we really aspired to do, which is not just to help keep particular events going, but to bring them together into one, well-branded Summer in the City series. I’m grateful to our program supporter and to the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the event organizers for their tremendous partnership.”

At the time of the fireworks cancellation in 2016, the mayors of Hartford and East Hartford were disappointed that they weren't able to justify the expense of a fireworks show with budget crises.  At the time, Riverfest and the fireworks display on the Connecticut River cost the two municipalities $100,000 each year.  In addition, last year the cities were expected to pick up the cost of state troopers.

But now, leaders in both communities are looking forward.

“Riverfront Recapture is pleased to be bringing back our mid-summer fireworks display to the Connecticut River,” said Mike Zaleski, CEO of Riverfront Recapture.  “Many have worked hard over the past year to secure the private sector funding required to put on this fun, free celebration.  My thanks to Mayor Bronin, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the numerous companies and corporations that stepped up to support fireworks on the river and all of our summer events.”

This year's “Summer in the City” events will include:

• June 17: Black-Eyed and Blues Festival

• June 24: Greater Hartford Latino Fest

• July 8: Riverfront Fireworks

• July 14-16: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

• August 5: Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival

• August 12: West Indian Independence Celebration

• August 19: Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival

• September 9: Hartford Capital City PrideFest

The city has set up a special website for the "Summer in the City" program at www.SummerinHartford.com

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<![CDATA[Powder Ridge to Open Synthetic Snow Park in August]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:43:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ski+lift_722_406.jpg

Powder Ridge in Middlefield will be offering winter sports all 365 days of the year come August.

On August 5, the resort will unveil their 365 Synthetic Snow Park – an area created using a synthetic snow material that will provide a slippery surface for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

“Skiing 365 days a year has been happening all over Europe for many years. It is made possible by a high-tech version of 'artificial turf.' 365 Synthetic Snow by Yiippi uses high quality plastic polymer 'fingers' that provides a slippery surface, (without water) but still provides the user the ability to carve for turning and stopping,” said Powder Ridge CEO Sean Hayes in a release.

The park will have a 500-foot run when it opens this year, but the resort hopes to expand by the summer of 2018 to the top of the ridge, which is over 2,800 feet.

The Grand Opening on August 5 will include a pig roast, demonstrations and live music. For more information, visit the Powder Ridge website.

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<![CDATA[Trends for Outdoor Weddings in Connecticut]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:23:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trends_for_Outdoor_Weddings_in_Connecticut.jpg

If you are planning an outdoor wedding in Connecticut, these are the trends you should know about.

<![CDATA[Warriors' Game 3 Win Earns America a Free Taco Tuesday]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:29:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-doritos.jpg

Whether you were rooting for the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals, everyone wins Tuesday with free food from Taco Bell.

The taco franchise challenged the Eastern and Western Conference winners to "steal a road game" during the tournament and offered to give free Doritos Locos Tacos to everyone in return.  

Thanks to the Warriors' 118-113 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 in Cleveland, taco fans everywhere can now claim their prize.

The "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" giveaway is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Taco Bell locations nationwide, while supplies last. Customers are limited to one taco and there is no purchase necessary.

Taco Bell held a similar promotion during the 2016 World Series.

Golden State defeated Cleveland on Monday to win their second NBA title in the last three seasons.

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<![CDATA[Tour Sea Viking Longship at Mystic]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tour_Sea_Viking_Longship_at_Mystic.jpg

The Draken Harald Hårfagre has sailed to America and is at Mystic Seaport for tours.

<![CDATA[Bon Jovi's Sublime NYC Duplex Is on the Market -- See Inside]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:35:16 -0400 according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $17.25 million. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $17.25 million. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/150CharlesSt4BSFOR+PRINTS4.jpg Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has put his sublime West Village duplex on the market. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[Check Out the Eiffel Tower’s Zip Line]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:51:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ziplinefrenchtower.jpg

A half-mile zip line from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower lets people zoom over the City of Light, as a way to celebrate the French Open, being held in Paris.

<![CDATA[Discounted Tickets for Big E for 1 Day Only]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:35:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Big+E+Connecticut+Building.jpg

The Big E is 100 days away and you can get tickets at a discount if you buy them today. 

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can get tickets online for $8. There is a limit of eight tickets per order. 

The regular ticket price is $15.

“We’re rolling our ticket price back for one day only! This deep discount is our way of showing our appreciation to our Big E guests for their loyalty, enthusiasm and support during our Centennial celebration last year,” Gene Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, said in a statement. 

The Big E takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1. 

Announcement will continue to come about the Big E, but the Sugar Hill Gang performs Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on the Court Of Honor and Sheila E. will perform on Sept. 24 on the Her show starts at 8 p.m.  

See the rest of the concert lineup here. 

<![CDATA[The Right Paint Color Can Increase Your Home's Value: Zillow]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:44:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/suburban+home+generic.png

A blue bathroom instantly increases a home's value, "Today" reported, citing a Zillow analysis that found the color adds $5,440 more than expected to home sale prices.

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos," said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell in a statement. "Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors — particularly in shades of blue and pale gray — not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space."

The color seems to work in bedrooms and dining rooms, with light cerulean to cadet blue on the walls of the former upping home prices by $1,856 while slate blue to pale gray-blue on the latter added $1,926.

Cool, natural tones like pale gray or soft oatmeal were also present in top-performing listings, the analysis found.

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<![CDATA[$8 Rosé Named One of the Best Wines in the World]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WINE_CHEAP_ROSE_060517-149669901030500001.jpg

The International Wine Challenge has named an $8 bottle of rosé from Aldi as one of the best in the world.

<![CDATA[Mohegan Sun Begins Offering Private Cabanas ]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:24:53 -0400 Learn more about Sun Terrace.]]> Learn more about Sun Terrace.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/168*120/Cabanas+2.jpg

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<![CDATA[What Goes on Before Sunrise at LA Landmark Randy's Donuts]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:36:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/06-02-2017-doughnut-donut-randy+%284%29.jpg Take a look at what goes on behind the counter at one of Los Angeles' most familiar landmarks, Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. These photos, taken Friday June 2, 2017 on National Doughnut Day, show what goes into preparing the shop for business.

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<![CDATA[Every Day Should Be National Doughnut Day]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:45:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DOUGHNUT_DAY_060217_FINAL-149636400204800001.jpg

Friday is National Doughnut Day, but Americans are not the only ones who like a nice piece of fried dough. Here is a look at similar treats around the world.

<![CDATA[How to Make a Belmont Jewel]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:35:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/belmont.jpg

The Belmont Jewel is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Here's how to make one.

<![CDATA[Day of Fun Planned Along Long Wharf]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:08:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dragon+boat+regatta+new+haven.jpg

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the city of New Haven has you covered with not one, not two, but three different activities lined up on Long Wharf this Saturday.

“You’re gonna have some of the best food in America,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

Mayor Harp let her taste buds do the talking Thursday, as she unveiled plans for the third annual food truck festival. She said the 22-small businesses lined up to be part of Saturday’s event represent top-notch take-out.

People who go up 91 and 95 they make a point to stop here to get this food,” said Harp adding that the selection would be the best meals prepared on wheels.

The festival opens up at noon along Long Wharf Drive, with something for everyone on the menu.

“We have everything from Mexican, to seafood, to Turkish food, so we’ve got that diversity,” said Ginny Kozlowski, the CEO of the New Haven Economic Development Corporation.

A new event this year, the Wheelie Competition, starts at two p.m. in the parking lot next door.

“Just throwing down the gauntlet and seeing who can do the longest wheelie,” said Aidan Charles a board member for the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program.

By sponsoring the event, the group hopes it gets more kids engaged in their youth cycling league.

“The city of New Haven has packs of young cyclists riding around doing wheelies in the streets and we know there’s a lot of talented riders out there,” Charles said.

The top three winners will share a $500 prize. Anyone can participate in the free challenge. All they need to bring is a bike.

Another competition will complete the day of family fun: the second annual Dragon Boat Regatta.

“We’re doing the Dragon Boat Regatta because it’s fun, because it’s good exercise, and because we think it builds community,” said John Pescatore, President of Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc.

It’s also raising money for free programming for local school children at the boathouse that’s set to open next year.

“Having Long Wharf Pier as kind of a runway right alongside the racecourse, really it adds to the spectating, and because the boathouse is being built right here we’re really creating almost like an arena effect,” Pescatore said.

The drag boats are 40-foot canoes that hold 22 people, including a drummer. Pescatore said the race is steeped in Chinese tradition.

Unlike the inaugural dragon boat races that were held in the morning, this year the event won’t start until four o’clock in the afternoon. Organizers say the timing of this event is all controlled by the tides.

Last year, 10 teams completed, and this year they expect 11-13 teams to take part. Anyone who would like to race but doesn’t have a team will be paired with teams still looking for volunteers on race day.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate 2017 National Doughnut Day With Free Treats]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:31:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-458335978.jpg

It's here. National Doughnut Day, a day devoted to getting your hands on free doughnuts, has arrived -- and some of the biggest names in doughnuts are celebrating with special giveaways.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Guests get a free classic doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Krispy Kreme: Get any doughnut of your desire-– for free. No purchase necessary.

Cumberland Farms: Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., customers can receive a free doughnut with the purchase of any hot or iced coffee, HYPERFREEZE or fountain soda at all locations.

National Doughnut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago to honor of The Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls." This unofficial holiday is celebrated the first Friday in June, according to the Salvation Army.

To celebrate the doughnut day, the Salvation Army is offering up recipes to for their classic and modern donuts.

This year National Doughnut Day marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. The "Donut Lassies," also known as the Doughnut Girls, served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts in the trenches.

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