Windsor, Conn., July 10, 2012—Calling all cheese lovers! The Working Lands Alliance will proudly host the inaugural Nutmegger Cheese and Wine Festival, a fundraiser to protect Connecticut’s farmland and to support quality childhood nutrition. The Festival will be held on Sunday, September 23 from noon-4 p.m. at the Jones Family Farms, located at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton, Conn. It will feature samples of Connecticut’s best cheeses and wines, vineyard tours, hayrides, cheesemaker talks and book signings, and include special guests who will talk about cheese.
“Connecticut offers an incredible and diverse food culture that represents the bounty of our farms, farmland, and artisanal traditions,” said Leah Mayor, Working Lands Alliance project director and New England project manager for American Farmland Trust. “Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen an increased interest in local foods, and the Northeast is quickly becoming a leader in producing delicious artisanal and farmstead cheeses.”
The Nutmegger Cheese and Wine Festival will showcase the work of a variety of Connecticut artisanal cheesemakers, winemakers, and food producers. Shelton is located a short drive from the state’s urban areas and less than 80 miles from New York City.
Tickets purchased in advance are $50 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Tickets sold at the Festival are $55 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds will support the Working Lands Alliance as well as the Valley Initiative to Advance Health & Learning in Schools (VITAHLS) Program, collaboration between Griffin Hospital and the Valley School Districts of Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, and Seymour to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain a valley wide program to reduce prevalence of obesity in students in grades pre-K–12.
To purchase advance tickets and for more information, visit www.workinglandsalliance.org.
The Working Lands Alliance is a broad-based coalition that, through "fierce cooperation," champions policy and education initiatives to protect Connecticut's productive farmland and advance agricultural viability. A project of American Farmland Trust, WLA is a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations united in a common cause of saving the land that sustains us-- for our economy, our environment, and the health of our future and our citizens.
For more information, visit www.workinglandsalliance.org.
American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.