Thursday, September 13, 2012
By James Lomuscio
The inaugural Slice of Saugatuck celebration, a combination walking, food sampling and shop tour of Westport’s time honored neighborhood that is now enjoying a renaissance, drew more than 2,500 attendees last year.
This Saturday’s event scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. is expected to top last year’s as more restaurants and businesses have signed on to participate, says Matthew Mandell, the Representative Town Meeting member who represents the area and created the event.
“Last year there were 36 businesses, and this year there are 45 due to new businesses coming in and others who didn’t participate last year and who wanted to join in,” said Mandell.
He noted that this year’s Slice received a participant boost from a number of new shops that moved into what had been shuttered space at Bridge Square. Among the new participants are the restaurants Papadum, Bistro 88 and Embody Fitness Gourmet.
Other participating restaurants, to be highlighted by outdoor tables with balloons and free food samples, as well as trash receptacles, include Dunville’s, Mario’s Place, Tutti’s, Tarry Lodge and Mansion Clamhouse.
All of the proceeds raised from the $5 entry fee (admission is free for children under 13), will go to support the Gillespie Center food pantry, says Mandell. The fee allows each attendee to go “from venue to venue, tasting good, get your hair braided at one of the salons, or take a kayak or SUP (stand-up paddleboard) ride at Down Under,” says Mandell.
Everything, barring the entry fee, is free, he says, even the fly fishing workshop courtesy of Westport Outfitters and the black belt, yoga and pilates demonstrations to be held in Luciano Park.
According to Mandell, the Slice represents the triangle from where Riverside and Saugatuck avenues cross and extend to Railroad Place, which will be closed to vehicular traffic this day. The name is also literal since it represents some of the pizza event goers can sample, as well as myriad other foods.
“The area physically looks like a slice, and pizza is one of the foods being offered, and it represents the area’s Italian heritage,” says Mandell. “So, there’s a triple meeting.”
Mandell noted there will also be eight musical acts at five locations, Bridge Square, Black Duck parking lot, Railroad Place, Tarry Lodge and at Dunville’s.
“It’s a quick hit,” said Mandell. “Come down, and I’m sure you’ll be full before you finish the slice.”
He said that free parking is available in the No. 5 railroad parking lot near the Black Duck, as well as in Luciano Park.
Mandell added that while Railroad Place will be closed to vehicles, train access will not be interrupted, as a police officer will be on the corner of Railroad Place and Riverside Avenue to direct cars to the station.
For further information, visit http://www.westportd1.com/saugatuck.
Posted 09/13/12 at 09:00 AM
There are now 4 more merchants added to the fest in the last few days and misssed the map publication.
Food – Du Soleil and Coffer + Pi
Retail – ClearTech and Barnett Hill Productions.
Also there will be a butchery Demo at 1pm on the Plaza next to the Craft Butchers.
Bowing out will be the Boathouse, they have a large wedding to handle.
Hope to see everyone Walking the Slice on Saturday.
visit http://www.westportd1.com/saugatuck for more info…..
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