After a long (loooong) winter, there are a lot of things to look forward to when summer finally 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.

Perennial ice cream favorite, Ferris Acres creamery in Newtown opens today, April 10. Down the Hatch, Candlewood Lake's only waterfront bar opens May 5 and Overton's in Norwalk has already been open since March.

Many eateries and seafood spots on the water 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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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 18.