The International Festival of Arts and Ideas is back with a month of culinary events in New Haven

Like the annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas returns to New Haven, the celebration of art, music, culture, dance, fashion and history also honors Elm City’s culinary diversity.

A month-long program of food and drink events highlights the city’s local craft beer and global cuisine, showcasing flavors from Latin and South America, India, of Syria and Southeast Asia. Taste products made by Connecticut food startups, sample recipes from antiquity, and sip oysters after a kayaking adventure on the Quinnipiac River.

Here is an overview of the highlights:

June 5: Black Hog Brewing Company beer launch party

The Oxford Brewery is releasing a special beer, &Beer, for the festival, and marking the occasion with a launch event. Sample beer, meet the artist behind his labels, and enjoy bites from food trucks and music from New Haven’s own DJ Shaki. The party is free and open to guests 21 and older.

Oxford’s Black Hog Brewing Co. benefited from the creative talent of artist Hamden Maximilian Toth, who created distinct looks for its range of beers. Toth is part of a growing group of artists finding new canvas on craft beer bottles and cans.

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June 11 and June 25: Grand Avenue Food Tour with Lee Cruz

Lee Cruz, co-founder of the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association and Outreach Director The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, leads a tour of Fair Haven restaurants featuring Dominican, Mexican, Peruvian and Puerto Rican cuisine. Each visit lasts three hours. The cost is $40.

June 12 and June 26: Oktoberfest

The festival on the New Haven Green features tastings of local brews like Alvarium, Armada, Back East Brewing, New England Brewing Company, New England Cider, No Worries and Two Roads. The cost is $25; guests must be 21 years or older.

June 14: Long table dinner

At this event held at Hamden’s Eli Whitney Barn, celebrate food and fellowship among friends and family with storytellers Mark Scerra, ChaChanna Simpson and Laconia Therrio, plus music from singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch. Food is provided by Soul de Cuba, Claire’s Corner Copia, Olea and Olmo Kitchen. The cost is $85.

Pataka, a vegetarian Indian restaurant on Howe Street in New Haven.

Pataka, a vegetarian Indian restaurant on Howe Street in New Haven.

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June 15: Infusion cocktails with House of Naan and Pataka

Enjoy small bites at a fast and casual vegan and vegetarian Indian restaurant Pataka, while the mixologists of its sister restaurant, Modern Indian Cuisine Naan’s House, teach home bartenders to “add pops of flavor to their cocktails.” The cost is $35.

June 16: Connecticut Food Launchpad Show

The Connecticut Food Launch, which helps local food companies connect to regional supply chains and grow their brands, will feature startups such as Ghanaian sauce makers Oh Shito!, plant-based food suppliers Fire Ox Foods, Bo-yi Foods Asian superfoods, Angela’s Kitchen, KDCROP Farms and Mugger’s Moelle Pasta Sauces “Stick ‘Em Up!” grilling glaze and marinade. The free event will take place on the New Haven Green.

Bryant Terry is a celebrity chef from Oakland, known for showcasing flavors from the African diaspora in vegan dishes.  Her latest cookbook is "Plant Kingdom."

Bryant Terry is a celebrity chef from Oakland, known for showcasing flavors from the African diaspora in vegan dishes. Her latest cookbook is “Vegetable Kingdom”.

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June 19: Afro-Vegan Cooking with Bryant Terry

June 19 James Beard Award-winning author, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry discusses his book “Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora” at the Yale Reperatory Theater. He will also present a cooking demonstration.

June 21st: Recipes from the world’s oldest cookbooks

Ready to try a 4,000 year old recipe? To RAWA-Restaurant in Westville, the Peabody Museum features 3D replicas of Babylonian recipe tablets, while chefs from Sanctuary Kitchen prepare these ancient foods. After a brief tablet presentation, members of Sanctuary Kitchen will share stories and memories of their cooking and provide insight into the refugee experience. The cost is $30.

Left to right, Michael Flora and Kyu Tipjak, owners of Blue Orchid, a new pan-Asian restaurant on Court Street in New Haven, with Flora's children, Kevin Flora, Michael Flora, Katie Flora and Mikaela Flora

Left to right, Michael Flora and Kyu Tipjak, owners of Blue Orchid, a new pan-Asian restaurant on Court Street in New Haven, with Flora’s children, Kevin Flora, Michael Flora, Katie Flora and Mikaela Flora

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June 22: Pan-Asian Fusion with Blue Orchid


Michael Flora and Natthawut Tipjak from blue orchid will serve dishes that showcase curries, spices and textures from across Asia, including its famous Khao Soi from New Haven. The cost is $40.

June 23: Gather New Haven Urban Farm Tour

Gather New Haven will discuss the seasonal production cycle of his urban farm on Ferry Street, as well as the programs the farm supports.

June 23: Brunch at Pistachio Café

Enjoy brunch at Mohamed Hafez’s Westville Cafe, featuring a variety of Syrian dishes. The cafe is known for its Syrian and Turkish coffees and variety of Middle Eastern baked goods. The cost is $40.

Pistachio Cafe was designed as a community gathering place to allow

Pistachio Cafe was designed as a community gathering place to allow “people to discover the Arabic experience through traditional food, drink and conviviality”.

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June 26: Cocktail and Oyster Kayak Tour on the Quinnipiac River

Guests will kayak from the Dover Beach launch along the Quinnipiac River, discovering oyster farms and birding spots along the way. They will then stop at Fair Haven Oyster Company, the next oyster bar and restaurant from Tavern on State’s Emily Mingrone and Shane McGowan, for oysters and drinks. The cost is $60.

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