Powder Ridge Music Festival – Local bands & foliage chair lift rides

Middlefield, CT (August 25, 2014) Powder Ridge is bringing the music back to its slopes Oct. 4 & 5 for the first Powder Ridge Music Festival in its natural amphitheater. With Connecticut’s most talented bands and family-friendly activities like foliage chair lift rides to the top of the mountain and family sack racing and over 40 vendors.

If you grew up in Middlefield, there is no doubt you have heard the legend of the 1970 Powder Ridge Festival that never was. “The festival promised big names like Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone,” says Sean Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, “After residents heard about the mayhem of Woodstock, they cancelled the festival. But it was too late and too short of notice. More than 30,000 people descended upon Powder Ridge unaware the festival had been cancelled. This year, we are bringing music back to the Ridge rain or shine with a labyrinth of local bands and activities for the whole family.”

The Ridge will also be taken over by an abundance of local food and drink, craft and artesian vendors. Festival-goers can purchase a one-day pass for $20 or 2-day pass for $35. 50 VIP passes will be available each day for $59.00. Children 12 and under are free with an adult. The festival will begin October 4 from 12pm – 10pm and continues October 5 from 12pm – 8pm. Tickets go on sale September 2nd and are available on line only. Visit the website for a full list of bands, vendors and to purchase passes, www.PowderRidgeFestival.com. For more information www.PowderRidgeFestival.com

The combination of Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort and Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park create an unparalleled year-round adventure sports park experience. Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort features skiing, snowboarding, tubing and mountain biking adventures for all ages. Visit the rental facilities and renovated lodge featuring the Market Place with mountain-style cuisine, open seating, retail shops and destination restaurant Fire at the Ridge, serving artfully-inspired regional cuisine. Located at 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield, Conn., the park is less than 30 minutes from Hartford and New Haven. Call (860) 349-3454 for information on group discounts and school and corporate team building programs.

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Powder Ridge brings upscale-casual dining to Middlefield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mountain-side fare heating up the Connecticut food scene

Middlefield, CT. (Dec. 1, 2013) The centerpiece of the dining experience at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, Connecticut will be the upscale-casual fine dining restaurant “Fire at The Ridge.”  Fire at the Ridge aims to be an escape for diners, offering private dining rooms and breathtaking views of the mountain from the upper-levels of the newly renovated 20,000 square foot base lodge. Rustic booths, crackling bon fires and the aroma of fine fare will set the mood for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the handcrafted dishes by Executive Chef Kevin Cottle.

The centerpiece of the dining experience at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield is the sophisticated yet approachable dining experience “Fire at The Ridge”.  Fire at the Ridge aims to be an escape for diners, offering private dining rooms and breathtaking views of the mountain from the upper-levels of the newly renovated 20,000 square foot base lodge. Rustic booths, crackling bon fires and the aroma of fine fare will set the mood for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the handcrafted dishes by Executive Chef Kevin Cottle.

Inspired by native New England flavors and locally-sourced ingredients, Fire at the Ridge is a place you would expect to stumble upon while exploring Boston’s South End rather than tucked away in the hills of Middlefield. “That’s what makes Fire at the Ridge so unique,” says Chef Cottle. “We’re providing guests with a sophisticated yet approachable experience in a relaxed and familiar setting.” Kevin, Well-known in the Connecticut food scene and for his appearances on Hell’s Kitchen and Food Network is returning to his Cape Cod roots, “My goal is to guide a guest through a natural progression of flavors and textures using locally-grown products. It should be a simple experience, never over-barring or over-complicated.”

In addition to Fire at the Ridge, the newly renovated lodge will be home to The Ridgeside Tavern. Locals have long known the bar at Powder Ridge to be the place to meet up with friends and for creating new friendships that last a lifetime.  The Ridgeside Tavern will serve locally-brewed beers and craft cocktails along with more casual dishes.

The third leg of the restaurant stool is the company’s event business. Custom designed private and catered events for every size including corporate meetings, weddings, team building, dining parties, and seminars.  “We didn’t want Powder Ridge to just be about catering to skiers and boarders on the mountain,” comments CEO Sean Hayes.  “We want to create an experience the whole family can enjoy.” In addition, the company will host public events such as music festivals, racing competitions, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Fire at The Ridge hours; Wed., Thur., Sunday 4:30 – 9:00 The Ridgeside Tavern hours; Sunday – Sat. 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.FireatTheRidge.com or call (866) 860-0208.

Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort offers an unparalleled year-round adventure sports experience in the heart of CT. Powder Ridge features skiing, snowboarding, tubing and mountain biking adventures for all ages. The newly renovated lodge with open seating, stone fireplaces & cafeteria also houses the year-round Destination restaurant Fire at the Ridge and Ridgeside Tavern for casual dining. The Ridge is the perfect choice for a charming New England wedding or corporate event. Day rooms are available to rent for the day or overnight and include a full living room setting and full bath.  The full service resort offers rental facilities, retail shops and lesson programs.

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