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Bigelow Teas To Two Roads: CT's Best Brands Bask In Spotlight At Capitol

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy checks out the stack of burgers at the Plan B table at the Discover CT event in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy checks out the stack of burgers at the Plan B table at the Discover CT event in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — A number of familiar — and delicious — brands were in the spotlight this week for the “Discover CT” event in Washington, D.C., as local Connecticut businesses showcased their products in the Capitol. 

Some of the brands in attendance were from Fairfield County, dishing up tastes or spreading their wares for a welcoming crowd. The businesses included:

  • Poppy’s Cheesecakes, Bridgeport
  • Lorca Coffee, Stamford
  • Jones Family Farms and Winery, Shelton
  • Pepperidge Farm, Norwalk
  • Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk
  • Nestle Waters, Stamford
  • Newman’s Own, Westport
  • Diageo, Norwalk
  • Bigelow Teas, Fairfield
  • Two Roads, Stratford 
  • Pez Candy, Orange
  • Thimble Island Brewing Company, Branford
  • Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, Bloomfield
  • American Woolen Manufacturing, Stafford Springs
  • Edible Arrangements, Wallingford
  • Plan B Burger Bar, West Hartford
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  • Deep River Snacks, Deep River
  • LEGO, Enfield
  • Tea With Tracy, Seymour
  • American Watch and Clock Museum, Bristol
  • Back East Brewing Company, Bloomfield, CT
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) joined the Connecticut State Society in hosting the fourth annual “Discover Connecticut” reception.

It showcased more than 20 small-batch food producers, restaurants, breweries, tourist attractions, and other businesses based in Connecticut. 

The reception attracted more than 300 guests, including members of Congress, staffers, national retailers, and current and former Connecticut residents.

“I am honored to host exciting and growing Connecticut industries, from craft breweries and farm to table restaurants, to landmarks like Lego and the Mystic Aquarium,” said Blumenthal. “Discover Connecticut showcases the energy and creativity of businesses, restaurants, and manufacturers from across our great state. Senator Murphy and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome old and new friends and colleagues tomorrow to discover all Connecticut has to offer.”

“I’m so glad we have the chance to showcase local Connecticut businesses in Washington,” said Murphy. “I consider it my job to promote Connecticut wherever I go. Discover Connecticut will give people in Washington the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of products and activities we have in our state. From well-known companies like Pez and Newman’s Own and tourist attractions like the Mystic Aquarium to the growing number of small breweries, wineries, and restaurants, we have a lot to be proud of.”

“Discover Connecticut” was held Tuesday in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office building.

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