Celebrating Saugatuck with an appetizing ‘Slice’ of fun
What better way to work up an appetite than by strolling the streets of Saugatuck? And what better way to satisfy that hunger than sharing a “Slice of Saugatuck.”
For the fourth year, hundreds of people bought a ticket to sample offerings from dozens of restaurants and shops in the revitalized neighborhood. Money was raised for the Gillespie food pantry at Homes with Hope, as festival visitors enjoyed the wide range of culinary and retail fare.
“It’s nice to see what’s out there,” said Alan Schoening of Westport. “I’ve never had anything at Tarry Lodge and now I’ll go back there.”
“We like eating,” said Sharon Singer of Westport. “We like coming and trying everything, and supporting Saugatuck.”
Visitors received a map of the neighborhood, along with a checklist of where to find samples of all kinds — barbecue, broiled, ceviche, candy, pasta and much more.
Bands and performers also were stationed at various spots to entertain the crowd.
“I like the music,” said Nora Parkington of Fairfield. “The food is delicious. You get to taste everything. It’s a great little event they’re having.”
“As always, it’s a great day in Saugatuck,” said Matthew Mandell, Chamber of Commerce executive director and the founder of the festival. “The Slice is just an example of what the place has to offer.”
“This is my first experience here and I think it’s terrific,” said Hal Schupack, who serves on the board of directors with Homes with Hope, the agency the addresses local issues of hunger and homelessness. “It’s families, it’s older, it’s younger, it’s everybody.”
He said tickets for the event were selling like hotcakes. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “It’s nonstop. It’s wonderful.”
“I think it’s a great way to get people outside and exploring local businesses,” said Michelle Stearns of Fairfield. “It’s a great venue.”
“This is our second year and we love it,” said Marylou DeRosa of Fairfield. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great community-building event. It brings a lot of people together, including a lot of families.”
“We love it because we live right here in Saugatuck,” said Nancy Portman. “I just think it gets people out to support all the local merchants.”
“Some people tend to forget about this area of Westport,” she said, “but culinarily it’s got some of the best restaurants in town.”