Nothing says summer like a fresh fruit salad or cobbler made with blackberries. This sweet and succulent fruit is native to Europe and related to raspberries because both perennials grow on shrubs called brambles. Best of all, blackberries are "jam" packed with health benefits and are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and dietary fibers.
White Silo Farmand Winery located on 32 Rte. 37 East in the lovely town of Sherman Connecticut that straddles the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County is hosting its annual Blackberry Festival on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
The highlight of this event is the small plates of prepared food made with blackberries grown right on the farm. The menu is mouthwatering and includes: Arugula Salad with Blackberries, Watermelon and Feta; Pulled Pork Quesadilla with Blackberry Sauce; Baked Brie and Blackberries; Blackberry Peach Crisp; Blackberry Ice Cream Sandwich; and Blackberry Basil Chicken.
Admission to this event is free, however, wine and the scrumptious plates featuring the star of the festival, blackberries may be purchased for a fee. To add to the atmosphere, there will be live music as well as free winery and field tours throughout the day.
For more area information www.ltichfieldhills.com