Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze Martini Competition returns June 25 at the Riverview in Simsbury from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring a battle between Connecticut mixologists for top cocktail honors.
Guests will sample food and drink from more than 30 restaurants and vendors as mixologists compete with creative recipes, with the majority vote coming from the audience. Participants include Tisane, Plan B Burger Bar, Half Door, Cure Restaurant & Bar, Olea, Lyme Grill, Hardcore Sweet, Feng Asian Bistro, Spotlight Theatres, Tavern at the Armory, Nixs Hartford, Max Burger, Maggie McFly's, Kawa Ni, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Flipside Burgers & Bar, Firebox, Bohemian Pizza, Blue Plate Kitchen, Front Street Bistro, City Steam, Barley Vine, Acqua, Bobby V's, ON20, Hartford Flavor Company and Backstage - Eat Drink Live.
Tickets, including all food and drink, are $60; designated driver tickets are $25. Information: ctmartini.org.