SOUTHINGTON - Take 2 of the 18th Taste of Southington was a big hit with the crowd at the Barnes Museum Thursday, many of whom were return visitors.
After the thunderstorms that postponed the event Wednesday, Mother Nature decided to make it up to the museum Thursday with an idyllic afternoon. More than six dozen visitors enjoyed clear skies, pleasantly warm temperatures, a cool breeze and, of course, a banquet of tasty local foods.
As area restaurants served up scrumptious samples of their cuisine, guests enjoyed the soft vocals of David Zoni, performing the songs of Frank Sinatra and other popular crooners.
Guy Nardolillo and his wife, Patricia, have come to the Taste of Southington every year.
“I love to find new, great food,” he said. “I come with friends and it’s a great time.”
Carol Udeen and Paula Fontana praised the town for having events like this.
“It’s a day for the town to come out and get together with friends. It’s wonderful,” said Udeen. “I get a chance to try restaurants I haven’t tried before.”
Maria and Stephen Bukowski, of Wallingford, said they often come to Southington for community events such as the Taste of Southington and the Apple Harvest Festival.
“I like to try all the different foods. I’ll try anything new,” said Maria Bukowski.
Stephen Bukowski said it was nice to go out and eat in the summer.
“There aren’t many warm days in the year, so you might as well enjoy them,” he said.
Flora and Richard Alling, of Southington, came to the Taste of Southington two years ago and said they enjoyed it, so they decided to come back. They also took the opportunity to tour the museum for the first time.
“It was great,” said Richard Alling. “I had never been in there before and there’s a lot of interesting stuff.”
Nine restaurants participated in this year’s Taste.
Sherman’s Taphouse served chicken wings and banoffee pie. Craft Kitchen had specialty pizza by the slice.
Ideal Tavern had maple bourbon smoked ribs and Frootie Tooties Candy and More had candy goodie bags and Avery’s soda.
Namaste India served chicken tikka marsala with naan and mixed veggie curry with samosa. Hop Haus Craft Beer & Restaurant served smoked salmon and watermelon granita.
Flair Restaurant had Churrasco steak and roasted potatoes and beef short rib empanadas. Paul Gregory’s had meatball or sausage and pepper subs, jumbo cupcakes and lemonade.
Catering by Chef Ralph served rigatoni Bolognese and penne cognac.
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