Litchfield Jazz Festival returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT August 10- 12 after 3-years in Kent. The spacious outdoor site at Goshen features many things Festival fans have come to love, and a lot of new additions. The best in jazz is always expected and the Festival always delivers, now again under an airy Mainstage tent and from acres of lawn with views of the stage. But its many other offerings make it a true summer experience. Festival goers can picnic on the lawn, or enjoy great food and drink. Shopping the fine art and crafts exhibits round out the experience. New this year the fest has expanded activities for kids.
The 2012 Festival food vendors sell almost anything a demanding foodie can imagine. Selections range from Pad Thai to lamb shawarma and from Cuban paninis to gourmet grilled cheese. There are locally sourced bison burgers, wild-caught Alaskan salmon burgers, vegetarian curry and quesadillas. One is even offering chocolate dipped bacon! For the traditionalist, there are hot dogs, pizza, pulled pork and grinders. For sweets lovers there are fruit smoothes, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, homemade cupcakes, apple crisp, berry shortcake, key lime pie, scones and jam and more. For the thirsty, as always, icy cold water from sponsor Crystal Rock and the best bottled and brewed teas and juices from a brand new sponsor, Harney & Sons Fine Teas.
SEE ALL FOOD OFFERINGS HERE.
The beer and wine booth serves local ales from Olde Burnside Brewery who have donated their product and services to benefit the festival. Wines for the opening night Gala are French from the vineyards of sponsor Vandoren, a manufacturer of the finest mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures. Hartley & Parker distributors have once again provided support along with their fine Californian wines from Martin Ray Winery’s Angeline label.
The fine art and craft worlds are well represented by 21 exhibitors hand-picked by Ellen Corsell, the proprietor herself of a shop featuring top-flight crafts, clothing and jewelry, the Heron Gallery, Main Street, Kent. Artists include the award winning painter, Danielle Mailer, jazz acrylics and prints by Chris Osborne who created the graphic for the 2012 Festival t-shirt, block prints by long-time exhibitor and friend of the festival Steve Soklin, jazz photography by official fest photographer, Steve Sussman and more. Other items for sale include wood fired stoneware, jewelry of freshwater pearl, precious stone, silver and vintage beads, natural bath products and hand crafted kaleidoscopes and more.
SEE ALL FINE ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS HERE.
In addition to kid crafts, the fest this year offers music and dance workshops for children 12 and under free of charge. Instructors include Litchfield Jazz Camp’s Director, the famed saxophonist Don Braden and dancers from the NYC-based Matthew Westerby Company. The dancers will be on hand Friday evening too. If you get their before the performances begin at 7:30, they will give you great tips on swing dancing so you can join them for even more fun on the two dance floors provided.
SEE ALL KIDS ACTIVITIES HERE.
Last but not least, Friday, August 10 features three exciting auctions where you can bid on everything from collectible jazz art to fine dining, private parties and fabulous island vacations.
SEE DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVE, SILENT AND ONLINE AUCTIONS HERE.
For the full lineup and tickets starting at $25 on the lawn, visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860) 361-6285. Children 12 and under are free on the lawn with parents. Parking is adjacent and free.
Photo of Little Sister's Grilled Cheese and Baked Goods Truck by Nathan Turner.