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Plenty of samples to sip at Taste of the Town. Doug Rathburn Photography photo.




Taste of the Town

When: Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Castleton Banquet & Conference Center, 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham
Tickets: $40 online, $45 at the door, $75 VIP
Visit: gdlchamber.org/taste 




Sips and samples
Taste of the Town returns

04/14/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Have you ever passed a sign announcing a new eatery, made a mental note to come back soon, and then forgotten all about it? Will Stewart, president of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, knows exactly what that’s like.

“I’ve certainly been one [who] might be driving along and see a restaurant and think, ‘I’d really like to try that,’ but you never make it there,” he said in a phone interview.  
Don’t miss your chance to see what the Derry-Londonderry area has to offer —  head to the fourth annual Taste of the Town on Thursday, April 21, where about 45 local restaurants, breweries, wineries, catering companies, coffee shops and eateries will present samples and sips all under one roof.
“This is a way to try a lot for restaurants you may not have ever been to ... for a moderate price, and you can really kick the tires a bit and see if it’s something you’d like,” Stewart said. “It’s a great way to try before you buy.”
The idea behind the annual Taste of the Town is to highlight what’s available for diners to enjoy, from Italian food and mead to fried chicken and lattes. 
“We have a lot to brag about and want to get as many of the players as we can at one time and give people the chance to come and sample for themselves,” Stewart said.
While Taste welcomes a number of returning participants such as Cask and Vine, 603 Brewery, Sabatino’s, Lobster Q, The Coach Stop Restaurant and The Grind Rail Trail Cafe, there are also a handful of newcomers like J&F Farms, Chief Wok, Common Man Windham, East Derry General Store and Michele’s Sweet Shoppe.
Given the makeup of participating businesses, the samples folks can try are inherently diverse (where else can you enjoy Mexican food and gourmet popcorn at the same event?) though Stewart said the vendors are encouraged to take this opportunity to showcase what they can do. Some will bring their tried-and-true favorites or signature items while others may offer new tastes and recipes to entice diners.
“We want to give people options certainly and we want to be able to truthfully make the claim that there will be [something] for everyone, sweet, savory, all different kinds of cuisines,” he said.





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