The Slice of Saugatuck Festival returns for a fourth year Saturday with a generous sampling of the neighborhood’s culinary and retail fare.

The event will take place starting at noon, and benefits the food pantry of Homes with Hope, the local agency that manages programs to help the homeless and hungry. Rain date is Sept. 19.

This year’s festival has expanded to include 44 of the revitalized neighborhood’s restaurants and retailers. Railroad Place will be closed to traffic to enhance a block party atmosphere, according to organizers.

“The festival is once again bigger,” Matthew Mandell, founder of the festival and the executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, said in publicity for the festival. “Not only will there be tastings at over two dozen eateries, and great offerings by all the other merchants, there will be a mini maker space, drones, obstacle courses, bouncy houses, balloon bender, hula hoops and rock climbing. The kids are going to love it.”

In addition, a free concert is planned after the tastings end, with performances at 3 and 5 p.m. in Luciano Park, with support from the Chamber of Commerce and Saugatuck Sweets.

The Homes with Hope Gillespie Food Pantry has received $5,000 from proceeds generated by the last two festivals. “Homes with Hope benefits greatly from the Slice of Saugatuck,” Homes with Hope Executive Director Jeff Weiser said in the press release. “We used last year’s proceeds to buy food for the Gillespie pantry and to buy grocery bags for the postal workers to distribute as part of their food drive in May.”

Slice of Saugatuck tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. There will be five locations throughout the area with bands playing, including three Staples High School student bands, Silver Steel, Jonathan Saxon, Grosvenor Square and School of Rock. Scheduled to perform in Luciano Park will be Voodoo Carnival and Miss Suzy’s Opus.

The historic Saugatuck Fire Station will host the Fire Department’s antique truck and its fire safety trailer for educational outreach.

For information, a list of merchants and a map of the event, visit