Taste of the Litchfield Hills Moves to New Hartford

Connecticut's oldest food and wine festival, A Taste of The Litchfield Hills, is moving to New Hartford.

The 26th annual event will be held at Ski Sundown on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5, 2011.

For many years, the festival was held at a Litchfield winery. Last year, it was held at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville.

Since 1985, the event has annually attracted thousands of guests to sample fine fare prepared by chefs from local restaurants, inns and bistros.

"We're very excited to attract this festival to New Hartford, which will generate significant economic activity for our town," Bob Switzgable, owner of Ski Sundown and a member of the town's Economic Development Commission, said.

Switzgable said Ski Sundown has plenty of parking, indoor rest rooms and a nice view of  the Litchfield Hills.

 "Our spacious grounds will also allow the festival to continue with its tradition of spotlighting the region's outstanding food and wine, plus offering live musical entertainment and an outdoor marketplace featuring artisan crafts, gourmet food products and unique gifts,” added Switzgable.

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