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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Slice of Saugatuck ‘to be Biggest Yet’

Saturday’s fourth annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival will be the biggest yet with 44 merchants participating, according to Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC).

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Westport’s Railroad Place was jammed during last year’s Saugatuck Slice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

The noon to 3 p.m. event in Westport’s Saugatuck area will be followed by a 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. concert.

Mandell described the event he founded and which is now WWCC sponsored as a family food and wine, retail experience offering tastings at more than 24 eateries, stops at retailers and children’s events.

“The festival is once again bigger,” Mandell said. “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, hoola hoops and rock climbing. The kids are going to love it.”

In addition to seven musical offerings during the main event, Mandell said there will be a free concert featuring two bands until 5 p.m. in Luciano Park, continuing the Saugatuck Sweets-sponsored “Sweet Sounds of Summer.”

“People should come with their chairs and blankets and enjoy the rest of the day, and hopefully then stay and have dinner where they had their favorite taste.” said Paul Lebowitz, a member of WWCC’s board of directors.

Funds raised go to support Homes with Hope’s Gillespie Food Pantry, which received $5,000 donations from each of the last two festivals.

“Homes with Hope benefits greatly from the Slice of Saugatuck,” said Jeff Wieser, Homes with Hope’s president and CEO.

“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. That combined effort filled up the pantry for the otherwise low summer months.

“The Slice is a great community event that benefits all in Westport, and Homes with Hope is grateful for the continued support,” he added.

Mandell touted the event as “a triple win for Westport.“

“It promotes the Saugatuck merchants and area, gives the community a great event and raises money for the homeless and hungry,” he said.

In the event of rain, the festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 19.

For further information, a list of merchants and a map of the event visit:  http://www.westportwestonchamber.com/saugatuck.

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Posted 09/10/15 at 08:55 AM



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