The inspiration for Zorvino Vineyards came to Jim and Cheryl Zanello in the same way it does for many American vintners—from a trip to Italy. Taken by the contrast in the quality of the wines and the pace of life between the two countries, the Zanellos brought over their own taste of the old country to an 80-acre New England estate. With grapes sourced both from their own vineyard and such regions as Tuscany, Chile, and California, the pair crafts a suite of red, white, and fruit wines that they sell on site and proffer to local restaurants and merchants. However, the winery itself is worth a trip, with its wrought-iron gate, lantern posts that seem to grow out of empty casks, and swarms of fireflies that send Morse code recommendations for the best wine to pair with salmon. Inside the tasting room, guests lean on hardwood banisters as they sip samples of the winery’s creations.
Visitors to Whippersnappers can fill up on American-style cuisine including sandwiches, burgers, and steaks in a spacious pub setting. Every Tuesday, diners can participate in trivia at 6 p.m. and rock out to the tunes of a video DJ at 9 p.m. Five nights a week, live bands provide onstage entertainment; Thursday nights are devoted to acoustic acts.
When festival founder Anne-Marie Aigner first noticed the burgeoning food-truck scenes on the West Coast and the Midwest, her prescient mind foresaw that the tide would make its way to New England. In order to cultivate the nascent movement, she founded her food-truck-festival tour to bring dozens of trucks' eclectic wares to locales outside of Boston. Already scoring mentions in Boston and Worcester Mag in its first year, the festival has featured such four-wheeled kitchens as Redbones BBQ and Roxy's Grilled Cheese. Aigner hopes to sustain the food-truck industry beyond the festival's inaugural year by attracting interest throughout the region and motivating grassroots support for the mobile culinary spots and their future descendants, sandwich-slinging helicopters.
Old family recipes form the foundation for many of the classic Italian dishes served at Rig A' Tony's Italian Take-out. The restaurant’s chefs craft fresh pastas to order, then sauté them with a variety of ingredients, such as broccoli and chicken, eggplant, and seafood. When forging their customizable pizzas, they begin with fresh dough, then hand-toss it and top it with pecorino cheese and whole-milk mozzarella before placing it in an oven and drizzling it lightly with olive oil. Most dishes are available in individual or family portions, and can be served in the restaurant or, like tax forms, toted home in their frozen form and baked.
More than 70 toppings wait at the end of Froyoworld's self-service frozen yogurt line. Fresh fruit, candy, and syrups—including honey and Nutella sauces—cap off cups filled with any of 12 low-calorie, non-fat flavors. Depending on the day, customers may find choco-loco banana or pina colada, or even seasonal varieties such as pumpkin. Regardless of the flavor, each yogurt comes loaded with natural probiotics, and Froyoworld keeps the nutritional content of each flavor within eye-sight so customers know exactly what they're eating or pouring into the gas tank of their yogurt-powered scooter.
With its three basic ingredients?honey, water, and yeast?the making of mead sounds misleadingly simple. But Michael Fairbrother tinkered with the recipe for this ancient drink in his garage for 17 years before he felt ready to open Moonlight Meadery and share the results. Michael has fine-tuned the fermentation process to craft batches of mead from ethically sourced, unpasteurized honey, which imparts each sip with rich color, vivid aromas, and the pleasant buzz that bees make while wading into a hot tub. Michael?s traditional mead rests side by side with fruit-tinged and spiced varietals that meld flavors such as tart rhubarb and Madagascar-bourbon vanilla beans with New Hampshire wildflower honey.