Instead of trying samples from local restaurants gathered in one room, spend the evening tasting local specialties and enjoying the spring weather in tandem at the sixth annual Taste of Milford on Friday, May 29.
Residents and guests are invited to stroll the Milford Oval and Town Hall area, visiting shops and businesses while tasting samples and specialties from the area’s restaurants, eateries, caterers and specialty vendors.
Organized by the Milford Improvement Team, a non-profit organization focused on benefiting the quality of life for Milford residents and businesses, the walkable outdoor event partners restaurants with downtown businesses so attendees can enjoy Milford cuisine all in one central location.
“We’re hosted by the businesses, so it’s just a really nice way to put Milford on the map for dining and shopping,” Wendy Hunt, executive director of Milford Improvement Team, said in a phone interview.
Milford Improvement Team operates like a main street organization or mini chamber of commerce, Hunt said, and wants to emphasize the opportunities in the town. They thought a food and shopping event would be a good way to get people out and about.
“It drives visitors into our area to increase awareness,” she said. “It’s a quality of life event for restaurants to get to come down[town].”
A number of the participating restaurants and eateries coming to Taste of Milford aren’t located in the Oval, while others are located outside of Milford altogether.
“We’ve invited Mont Vernon General Store — they are part of our community, and they don’t really have their own main street organization — and Nelson’s Candies from Wilton … so we also include some of those local businesses,” she said. “Even if you don’t own a restaurant in the Oval, that’s why we’ll partner you with a business.”
On the night of the event attendees will receive a sticker, a program and a map of participating businesses and restaurants so they can mosey along to try different types of entrees, appetizers, desserts, coffee and tea.
“You’re about ready to explode by the time you go home,” she said.
Part of the program includes a ballot to cast a vote for best entree, best dessert and best presentation (of decorated tables and displays). The winners get bragging rights and a plaque made by students from Milford High School, which Hunt said makes this event a true community effort.
As seen in the May 21, 2015 issue of the Hippo.