The Slice of Saugatuck has carved out a great niche: The best, most walkable and tastiest street festival in town.
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce snagged a great date, too. The second Saturday in September is almost always guaranteed to be gorgeous.
Today’s event — the 10th one — may have been the best ever. The weather was the most perfect. The food and drink was the most plentiful. The crowd may have been the biggest, and the post-worst-of-the-pandemic smiles seemed the broadest.
It’s on until 5 p.m. today. If you miss it, head down to Saugatuck anyway, for post-slice fun. Many restaurants will have happy hour prices, and special menus.
Any way you slice it, it’s a great day.
Tickets ($15 for adults; $5 for children 5 to 12) helped raise funds for the Homes with Hope food pantry.
Some restaurants offered pasta or tacos. Dunkin’ had donut holes. Kawa Ni went big: fried octopus.
One of 4 bounce houses.
A steel band played on the plaza between The Whelk and Saugatuck Sweets.
Elaine Marino joined the crowd at the Black Duck.
Double-barreled treats at Tutti’s.
Slice-goers of all ages enjoyed the beer garden on Railroad Place.
There was a strong sustainable presence at the Slice of Saugatuck. Staples High School students helped festival-goers use 3 different bins to separate trash.
Saugatuck Financial sponsored a raffle to benefit the Catch-a-Lift Fund, aiding post-9/11 wounded combat veterans.
Jr’s Hot Deli & Grill is technically not in Saugatuck. But they’re honorary members, and their food truck was a welcome addition to the Tarry Lodge patio.
This vintage car was not part of the Slice of Saugatuck ticket. But it could be yours for $25,000.
Staples High School boys ice hockey players sold lemonade to raise money for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, at the Saugatuck firehouse.
State Senator Will Haskell campaigned for Ceci Maher, who hopes to succeed him. She is running against Toni Boucher.
Matthew Mandell tests out Viva Zapata’s margarita maker. As he pedaled, the chain powered a blender. Drink up! (All photos/Dan Woog)
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