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Friday, March 23 Celebrate Summer

Summer-only dining spots in Connecticut

After a long winter, there are a lot of things to look forward to when summer hits Connecticut; one of those things is food.

Each year, seasonal eateries begin to open their doors in April, May and June to serve up the tastes of summer.

Many eateries and seafood spots on the water open in April or May and close once fall sets in. Fresh ice creameries and outdoor bars tend to stay open a little later into the year.

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Perennial ice cream favorite, Ferris Acres creamery in Newtown has been open for about a month already. Other highly-anticipated opening are slated for May. Down the Hatch, Candlewood Lake's only waterfront bar opens May 6 and the Beer Garden@Shippan Landing in Stamford opens on May 18.

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Summer is also known for its annual food events like the Norwalk and Milford Oyster Fests.

The Milford Oyster Festival – or "Oysterfest," as locals know it – is the largest single-day festival in the region. The event has drawn 50,000 visitors to the heart of downtown Milford in recent years. This year, Oysterfest will take place on August 19.