There's much to admire lately in Saugatuck, where new businesses and new development are breathing new life into the neighborhood.

And on Saturday there will be much to eat, drink, feast your eyes on and tap your toes to.

The second Slice of Saugatuck is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m., offering a wide variety of food and drink, six live bands, retail stores to browse and exhibitions to watch.

Tickets -- in the form of wristbands -- are $5; children 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Gillespie Center's food pantry, which provides food for the needy.

A wristband will entitle one to sample the food outside 23 restaurants and caterers, sample wines, take a ride on the Saugatuck River in a kayak or sample other activities and listen to music, organizers said.

The area where the action will be runs from Railroad Place north a half mile along Riverside Avenue, Franklin Street and Saugatuck Avenue to the point where Riverside and Saugatuck avenues intersect. When mapped, the area looks a lot like a slice of pizza.

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Slice of Saugatuck What: Street fair with food, drink, live music and exhibitions, with 45 participating merchants When: Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. Where: Saugatuck section of Westport, from Railroad station north along Riverside Avenue, Franklin Street and Saugatuck Avenue, plus Charles Street. Tickets: Wristbands for $5 (kids 12 and under free) entitle holders to food at 23 restaurants and caterers and wine tasting. Info:

A map of the festival area and a list of participating restaurants and merchants may be viewed at: .

Wristbands will be sold at four locations:

Bridge Square at Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street

Tuttis Ristorante, 599 Riverside Ave.

Tarry Lodge, 30 Charles St.

Dunvilles Restaurant, 41 Saugatuck Ave.

Railroad Place will be closed to traffic during the three-hour festival, turning it into a pedestrian mall with a band providing entertainment.

The Slice of Saugatuck was organized by Matthew Mandell, a Representative Town Meeting member whose district includes Saugatuck. Last year's inaugural Slice had 36 participating merchants, he said. This year's has 45 -- a 25 percent increase.

"The buzz is good, and everyone is set for an even bigger event," Mandell said in a news release.

Organizers have planned the Slice as a kid-friendly family event, they said. In addition to food and drink, live exhibitions include martial arts demonstrations and a fly-fishing clinic in Luciano Park.

Tours of the historic Fire House will be offered, the department's fire-safety trailer will be open and its antique fire truck will be on display.

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