Slice Is Nice!

Hundreds of Westporters — and many more out-of-towners — poured into the narrow streets of Saugatuck today.

They ambled along Riverside Avenue, Railroad Place and Saugatuck Avenue, enjoying our 3rd annual Slice of Saugatuck festival.

Food and drink was the main attraction. Over 25 restaurants and merchanats — including Viva’s, Mansion, Rainbow Thai, Craft Butchery, Saugatuck Sweets, The Duck, Chinese Takeout, Cuatros Hermanos — even 99 Bottles and Dunkin’ Donuts — offered treats.

But there was music too, ranging from School of Rock and folk to steel drums, along with stuff from hair salons, galleries and a tae kwan do place.

The weather was perfect. The vibe was cool.

And — because most people stayed off the roads — even the traffic was fine.

It was a fantastic slice of life, on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. With proceeds benefiting the Gillespie Center food pantry too, what’s not to like?

Tutti's was 1 of many Saugatuck restaurants dishing out some of its most popular items. Lines formed instantly, and stayed long.

Tutti’s was one of many Saugatuck restaurants dishing out some of its most popular items. Lines formed instantly, and stayed long.

The plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk rocked all afternoon long.

The plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk rocked all afternoon long.

What's a street festival without a bounce house? This one was in the Rizzuto's parking lot.

What’s a street festival without a bounce house? This one was in the Rizzuto’s lot.

Mr. Sausage showed up too, to help promote Saugatuck Craft Butchery's carnivorous samples.

Mr. Sausage showed up too, to help promote Saugatuck Craft Butchery’s carnivorous samples.

Downunder was busy all day, offering kayak and paddleboard rides. Nearby, boat owners tied up at the dock.

Downunder was busy all day, offering kayak and paddleboard rides. Nearby, boat owners tied up at the dock.

 

9 responses to “Slice Is Nice!

  1. karen Howes Westport youth comm.

    What a lovely afternoon, and some terrific music…:)

  2. Perfection on a Sunday afternoon.
    Please, no 06880 complaints tomorrow. Just know how good you have it.
    All.

  3. Congrats to Matthew Mandell, the Chamber, and all the volunteers who put this terrific event together.

  4. I hope they made a lot of money, and I’m sure they did, judging from the crowds. Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but I don’t think it was worth waiting in line for fifteen minutes or more for a meatball or five zitis. I was very disappointed and left early.

    • Complaints already? It isn’t tomorrow yet!
      Having to wait in line for a mere “fifteen minutes or more” for food (or anything) tells me that more people need to travel outside of their comfort zones, i.e. outside of Fairfield County, Connecticut, North America. Why am I not surprised?

      Spending that “precious” time in line by meeting new people is what this whole affair is about. Am I wrong?

  5. We, my family, walked the slice and it was wonderful. Standing in fast moving lines was not a problem. We met some wonderful people and started chatting, and before you knew it we got wonderful samples of what these restaurants offer.
    The bouncy houses along the way were perfect for the little children. Matthew Mandell, the Chamber and all the merchants and volunteers did a fantastic job. Now on to Slice #4.

  6. Met some terrific people while in line. We were proud to be able to say that we actually live in Saugatuck. What a wonderful community and town. I think it was a huge success and hope everyone who came today comes back to eat at one or more of the participating restaurants.

  7. Sorry to see Coco Michelle not participating…some additional chocolate covered marshmallows would have been nice!…

  8. Dick Lowenstein

    The best unannounced food venue was the new auction house in the old Post Office. While looking at items in their next auction, you could treat yourself to a variety of delicious pastries and get a full cup of hot coffee, without waiting on a line. And also greet old friends like Judy and Adam Starr.