SOUTHINGTON ‚Äď The 17th Annual ‚ÄúTaste of Southington‚ÄĚ will be held on the grounds of the Barnes Museum on Aug. 1 with an assorted lineup of foods offered by local restaurants.
Five new Southington eateries will be participating this year, including Caff√© del Mondo, Craft Kitchen, Flair Restaurant, Ideal Tavern and Kettle Bagels. Returning restaurants include Catering by Chef Ralph, Paradise Pizza & Grill, Namaste India, Paul Gregory‚Äôs Bistro, Smokin‚Äô with Chris and Sweet Mango Japanese & Thai Cuisine.
‚ÄúNo two restaurants will be serving the same thing,‚ÄĚ said Marie Secondo, curator at The Barnes Museum. ‚ÄúThere are a lot of ethnic foods as well as American and Italian dishes. We have quite a bit of variety.‚ÄĚ
On a good year, Secondo said that The Barnes Museum attracts as many as 2,000 people for the event.
‚ÄúEven last year, when there was torrential rain, there were a ton of die-hard taste people dining under the tent like nothing was happening and all the restaurants were still raring to go,‚ÄĚ Secondo said. ‚ÄúWhen it gets close to this time of year, people are always stopping me when I‚Äôm out shopping and telling me that they can‚Äôt wait for the ‚ÄúTaste of Southington‚ÄĚ. This is a wonderful community event and while it is smaller than the Apple Harvest Festival and the Italian Festival, it tends to draw a lot more people from within town. Over three-and-a-half hours, people can have fun chatting with their neighbors, members of the town council and local politicians who have let their hair down and are just out to enjoy themselves.‚ÄĚ
Visitors will also have a chance to meet the new director of Southington Public Library and The Barnes Museum, Kristi Sadowski. Secondo said that she is eager to get to know the community.
Crooner Gregory Allen will perform on the veranda, singing favorites from Frank Sinatra, Michael Bubl√© and others, as well as hits from the ‚Äė50s, ‚Äė60s and ‚Äė90s.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the museum grounds, but there will be plenty of tables and chairs under giant tents.
The museum will be open for free tours and visitors can come inside to view their exhibit of vintage hats.
‚ÄúThere are more than 200 hats that belonged to the family ranging from the mid-1800s to the 1950s, from ladies‚Äô bonnets to men‚Äôs top hats to World War I and World War II helmets and Bradley Barnes‚Äô driving caps,‚ÄĚ Secondo said.
The Barnes Museum was the former home of the Barnes Family and was built in 1836. Bradley Barnes donated the home to the town after his death in 1973. The museum, which features an extensive collection of the family‚Äôs belongings, has been open since 1974.
Other activities at the "Taste of Southington" will include free face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals provided by Putin‚Äô on the Ritz for the children.
The "Taste of Southington" is held in conjunction with the Town of Southington‚Äôs Summer Concert Series 25th anniversary of Music on the Green. The concert, sponsored by the Southington Drive-In Committee, will feature ‚ÄúCover 2 Cover‚ÄĚ, who will be playing rock and pop dance hits starting at 7 p.m.
The event, exclusively sponsored by TD Bank since 2013, will begin at 4 p.m. at the museum at 85 N. Main St. There is no charge to attend but participating restaurants will charge a small fee to sample their food.
The scheduled rain date is Thursday, Aug. 2. For more information, visit southingtonlibrary.org or call the Barnes Museum at 860-628-5426.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.