SOUTHINGTON - The Taste of Southington, returning to The Barnes Museum Aug. 2, is getting bigger and better each year, says museum director Sue Smayda.
“Last year was one of our best events ever,” said Smayda. “People took the time to sit and listen to our singer, Malorie Leogrande, and the weather was perfect. If we have good weather then this event is spectacular. We had so many people last year that we put up some extra tents on our second level.”
The 16th annual event will be held this year starting at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the museum at 85 N. Main St., with a rain date of Aug. 3. It will feature 12 participating local restaurants as well as entertainment by Leogrande. A Connecticut native and a former winner of the Connecticut Idol competition, Leogrande will perform a soulful selection of classic, soul, R&B and jazz assortments.
The museum will also offer free tours of the historic home, which was built in 1836 and belonged to the Barnes Family until it was willed to the town following the death of Bradley Barnes in 1975. It contains an extensive collection of artifacts.
“The tours were very popular last year,” said Smayda. “Our curator, Marie Secondo, will give an abbreviated tour during the event but our staff has said that many people said they had never been inside before and would come back for the full, hour-long tour.”
There will also be face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon animals provided by Puttin’ on the Ritz to entertain children.
Participating restaurants will include Ideal Tavern, Catering by Chef Ralph, Geno’s Grille, Paradise Pizza & Grill, C.C. Carvers, Foodology Cooking School and Bakery Café, Namaste India, Paul Gregory’s Bistro, Saint’s Restaurant, Smokin’ with Chris and Sweet Mango Japanese & Thai cuisine. Each will charge a small fee to sample their cuisine.
“There is always great food,” said Smayda. “Bring a few dollars and you will be able to sample from all over the place. It is a great opportunity to taste all of the restaurants nearby. Last year I had the pulled pork from Smokin’ with Chris and I also got something sweet. You’ll definitely be missing out if you don’t go.”
Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket but there will also be plenty of seating under a giant tent
The Taste of Southington is being held in conjunction with the Town of Southington’s 24th annual Music on the Green, which will feature the Country Bootleg Band performing on the town green at 7 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Southington Drive-in Committee.
For more information, visit southingtonlibrary.org or call the Barnes Museum at 860-628-5426.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.