Saturday’s Slice Of Saugatuck

Last year’s 1st-ever “Slice of Saugatuck” took place on a gorgeous September Saturday.

No one knew quite what to expect. But — drawn by the promise of fun and food (and beer) (and wine) — thousands of Westporters showed up.

EMTs chowed down at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, at last year’s Slice of Saugatuck.

They wandered the funky, quickly changing neighborhood of Saugatuck. They enjoyed plenty of food (and beer) (and wine.) Plus plenty of music, kayaking, hairstyling, fire truck sitting, fly fishing, tae kwan do, people-watching, and friend-meeting.

So the expectations are high for this Saturday’s 2nd annual Slice of Saugatuck (September 15, 12-3 p.m.).

The ante’s been upped. There will be more food. More merchants. 8 bands, at 5 venues from Bridge Square to Dunville’s.

Over 3 dozen restaurants, shops and galleries will open their doors. Folks can wander in and out, tasting their way from restaurant to wine shop and back, checking out everything from kayak rentals and the firehouse to yoga and fly fishing.

The weather was perfect last year for kayaking at Down Under.

Bridge Square will take a star turn. With 3 more stores — and an additional 3  eateries — since last year, the old mini-shopping center has become a new neighborhood anchor.

Railroad Place will be closed — and a band will play there — adding to the block party atmosphere. (Train access is still available.)

There’s a $5 fee for everyone 13 and over — but profits benefit the Gillespie food pantry. Matthew Mandell — RTM member and Slice mastermind — explains, “There’s food for those who come to Saugatuck, and food for those who cannot afford any.”

Saugatuck has always been about food. The Slice of Saugatuck festival is too.

With so much going on, most people won’t even notice the construction. That’s Phase II of the Saugatuck redevelopment.

It’s going well — and quickly. So just imagine how great next year’s 3rd annual Slice of Saugatuck will be.

(For more information on this Saturday’s Slice of Saugatuck, click here. For a YouTube video, click below.)
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