Slicing Through Saugatuck

You never realize how many restaurants are in Saugatuck — until they start giving away free* food.

Viva’s, Julian’s, Rizzuto’s, Tutti’s; the Whelk, the Duck, Rainbow Thai and Tarry Lodge — all those and more handed out their specialties at today’s Slice of Saugatuck.

Add in Saugatuck Sweets, Garelick & Herbs, Craft Butchery — plus Dunkin’ Donuts and the Mobil Mini-Mart — and it’s a good thing there was lots of walking.

Today’s Slice also featured musical bands of kids and kids-at-heart; a steel band and calypso band (different spots); a bouncy house, and much more.

The only party poopers were a couple of restaurants that opted not to participate. And the private parking lot across from Dunville’s was completely closed, even though most tenants have fled.

That’s okay. We can deal. And if you’re reading this before 3 p.m. Saturday, stop! You’ve still got time for the Slice. It runs until then.

PS: Bands play at Luciano Park until 5.

*With the purchase of a $10 ticket.

Tutti's went all out -- and had some of the longest lines.

Tutti’s went all out to offer great food.

The band Forester traveled from Bethany to play.

The band Forester traveled from Bethany to play on the plaza.

What kid doesn't like getting in a fire truck?

What kid doesn’t like getting in a fire truck?

Harvest does not take over the old Mario's spot until late October. But they were at the Slice of Saugatuck too.

Harvest does not take over the old Mario’s spot until late October. But they were at the Slice of Saugatuck too.

Downunder offers kayak rides. The boat cruising up the Saugatuck River may or may not have been part of the Slice.

Downunder offers kayak rides. The boat cruising up the Saugatuck River may or may not have been heading to the Slice.

Tarry Lodge was big on desserts.

Tarry Lodge was big on faro salad.

A young visitors checks off every restaurant she visited.

A young visitor checks off every restaurant she visited.

4 responses to “Slicing Through Saugatuck

  1. Re: Tarry Lodge Photo Those were not desserts. They were cups of faro salad. Faro is a type of grain.

    Sharon Levin http://www.slflute.com (917) 968-7009

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  2. Great sales, great music, great food! No one should miss this opportunity to experience all that Saugatuck has to offer. Hats off to you, Matt.
    Oh, and one other thing: considering what a week of, um, discovery, it’s been, I’m glad to see the threatened Saugatuck Swing Bridge made it into one of those images above. Cheers.

  3. Matthew mandell

    If reading this now come down to Luciano park. Miss suzy’so opus goes on at 5 until 7.

    Great day westport and saugatuck. Hats off to all the merchants.

    FYI – there were no party pooper restaurants. Every restaurant signed up. Two had a conflict and we’re sad they could not cook for the festival. They are in for next year.

  4. David J. Loffredo

    Really a great event, congrats Matt. Loved the ability to check off as we went, thought the lines were all reasonable, very well done.

    Bummed the restaurant taking over the Mansion Clam House didn’t participate – lost opportunity for them to build some good will – well done by Harvest.