SOUTHINGTON - The 18th Annual Taste of Southington is coming to the Barnes Museum Aug. 7 with numerous vendors - each offering something unique to try from a local eatery.
The Taste of Southington, sponsored by TD Bank, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of The Barnes Museum at 85 N. Main St.
The event is free to enter and vendors will set their own prices for food. The Taste of Southington will also include tours of the historic Barnes Museum, which will have an exhibit that day. Entertainment will be provided by David Zoni who will be singing crooner-style music including Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and hits from the 50s, 60s and 90s. A rain date has been set for Aug. 8.
“In the past we have had music including jazz and country on the veranda,” said Marie Secondo, curator at The Barnes Museum and event organizer. “When we asked him if he would do this, Dave had the biggest grin on his face. He’ll be coming out of retirement for his musical career and singing some nice, old-fashioned music. People are going to eat it up.”
Secondo said that the Taste of Southington was purposefully scheduled on a Wednesday so that people can “mosey on over” to the town green after they are done eating to enjoy the Music on the Green concert that evening.
Participating eateries will include Blimpie Sub Shop, selling cold grinders, Paul Gregory’s Bistro, selling meatball or sausage peppers and onion hot subs, Catering by Chef Ralph, serving Bolognese carbonara, pesto cream or cognac pastas and Craft Kitchen, who are new to the event this year, selling specialty pizzas.
Flair Restaurant & Bar will be selling churrasco steak and roasted potatoes empanadas, Frootie Tooties will be selling candy, Hop Haus Craft Beer & Restaurant are selling tacos, Ideal Tavern is selling maple bourbon ribs and Namaste India will be selling chicken tikka masala-rice-naan-mix veggie curry-samosa.
Other restaurants include Sherman’s Taphouse and Liberty Street Market and Deli.
Another newcomer to the event this year will be “The Bakery on Center Street” - which will serve stuffed pies, breads and rice balls. Secondo said that the Italian deli and bakery will be moving in to 50 Center St. in about a week. People will also have an opportunity to try their food this weekend during the Southington Italian Festival.
Secondo thanked TD Bank for sponsoring the event for the past six years, community restaurants for supporting it and volunteers for helping out with tours that day. She said that she plans to keep to the same formula that has been successful since the event’s inception.
“We will have big tents where people can sit in the shade and we’re hoping for a beautiful day,” she said.
Secondo encouraged people to eat light that day and come to the Taste of Southington with an empty stomach.
“Southington has something like 120 restaurants - if you can’t find something good to eat here you might as well stay at home and eat a cheese sandwich,” she said. “It’s a wonderful community event and a nice, quiet day to enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.