Celebrate summer like a true New Englander with your choice of two lobster bakes taking place this week on the water. First, the Branford Chamber of Commerce (branfordct.com) hosts its 6th Annual Lobster Clambake on July 21 from 5-9 p.m. at the Owenego Inn (40 Linden Ave., Branford; 203-488-3805, owenego.com), serving a choice of lobster or steak plus New England clam chowder, steamers, corn on the cob, salads and more ($37-$40). Landlubbers can opt for the "light fare" menu of hotdogs, hamburgers and sides ($25). There will also be live music from Robbie G, a silent auction and a golf challenge — be the first person to hit a golf ball into a kayak anchored in Long Island Sound and win prizes. For tickets and info, call 203-488-5500 or visit branfordct.com.
Need another lobster fix? The Milford Rotary (milfordrotary.org) holds its 35th Annual Lobster Bake at Milford Boat Works (1 High St., Milford; 203-877-1475, milfordboatworks.com) July 23 from 4-8 p.m. A $40 ticket gets you a choice of twin Maine lobsters or steak, plus shrimp, corn on the cob, coleslaw, beer and wine. Tickets are sold in advance only; get them at Milford Bank, Milford Photo, Milford Lisman Landing or from your friendly Milford Rotarian.
Taste more than 40 microbrews at the From Hops to Hope Charity Craft Beer Festival July 24 at the Thomas Griswold House (171 Boston St., Guilford; 203-318-8663, guilfordkeepingsociety.com) from 1-5 p.m. The Madison Wine Exchange (188 Boston Post Road, Madison; 203-318-8663, madisonwinexchange.com) has arranged for a wide variety of domestics from Dogfish Head's Festina Peche and Midas Touch to imports like Van Steenberge Piraat and Gulden Draak, and many points in between. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza and pasta salad from Pasta Avest (680 Boston Post Road, Guilford; 203-453-8779, pastaavest.com), plus live music from Damopes, the Slowpokes and the Dream Clamors. Tickets ($30) include five beer tasting tickets and one food ticket, with additional drink ($1) and food ($2) tickets for sale. Proceeds benefit the Sarah Foundation (sarahfoundation.org) and the Trooper F Foundation, in support of the late State Officer Matthew Richardson.
Join the National Rainier Cherry Celebration at Ibiza (39 High St.; 203-865-1933, ibizanewhaven.com) — the restaurant cherry-picked to represent Connecticut by Northwest Cherries (nwcherries.com), an organization which commissions one restaurant in each state to create a unique menu featuring the crisp, sweet cherry this month. Chef Manuel Romero has created a special of seared salmon and vegetable salad with Rainier cherry gazpacho, available at Ibiza through July 31.