This weekend (May 14, 15 and 16) historic Glendale Square will be the site of the town’s first-ever Wine, Beer and Food Festival. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Harry Whiting Brown Community Center, which supports community cultural and artistic activities and programs.
Events connected to the Festival happen all week. Among them, look for:
• Tuesday: Beer & Bites at Iron horse ($25 )
• Wednesday: Grand Finale 4-Course Wine Dinner ($75 inclusive)
•Wednesday: Daveed's 3-course Wine Tasting in their Garden ($38 )
•Wednesday: 5-course Spanish Food and Wine Pairing at Iron Horse ($55 )
• Thursday: Brown Dog Cafe Wine Dinner ($40 )
It all culminates with an outdoor, walk-around tasting around the Village Square. Among the many delicious and offbeat “street food” options, look for Grand Finale’s Bacon Deviled Eggs; Blue Bird Bakery & Café’s Singapore Salad; Cock and Bull’s Shrimp Bisque; Brown Dog’s BBQ Duck Confit; Parmesan Truffle Fries from Daveed’s; and Madisono’s Salted Caramel Gelato served in Pretzel Cone by Iron Horse. (Now, that’s a meal!)
Wash it all down with a couple of brewskis from an impressive craft beer selection that includes the likes of Great Lakes, Smuttynose, Moerlein and Leinenkugel — or a glass of good-value summer wines, like a Martin Codax Albarino, La Posta ‘Glorieta Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, or Tres Picos Garnacha. (Conveniently, many wines poured at the festival will be available for immediate retail purchase at Piazza Discepoli and Iron Horse Inn during festival hours.)
The street fair starts on Friday 4-9 p.m. and continues over the weekend, starting at noon each day and running until 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Food will run about $5/serving; craft beer tastings will cost $10/six 3-ounce pours; and wine tastings will cost $10/four 2-ounce pours. You can park for $5 at the Princeton schools lot (price supports the high school football and band programs); shuttles to and from the event run every 15 minutes.
Go to www.glendalefest.com for more information.