The Taste of Downtown Nashua will not only fill your stomach but also be a “feast for your eyes,” said Rebecca Dixon, executive director of Great American Downtown.
“This is a really great opportunity for restaurants and businesses downtown to turn out their finest to show visitors coming in what we really have to offer as our community,” Dixon said.
Though the Taste is Dixon’s first as head of the Gate City organization, the event has brought diners and shoppers to downtown Nashua for the last 18 years.
“It’s very vibrant down here as far as the restaurant scene goes,” Dixon said.
More than 22 restaurants and bakeries will take part in this year’s Taste of Downtown Nashua, scheduled for Wednesday, June 6. Newcomers include Lovin’ Cupcakes & Cannolies, McKenzie’s and Portland Pie Co.
“There will be a lot of old favorites, as well,” Dixon said. Food samples from each of the participating eateries will be doled out from inside downtown businesses.
“It gives stores an opportunity … it’s almost as if they’re hosting ticket-holders for a dinner party,” Dixon said. “The displays they put up are absolutely beautiful.”
A map will serve as both the ticket and program guide for the event to better allow attendees an opportunity to plot out their dining experience.
“Ticket-holders do need to wear comfortable shoes,” Dixon noted. New to the event this year is an interactive map that will allow guests to also plot out their Taste game plan through their smartphones by scanning the Quick Response (QR) Codes posted at each location. “If you really want to visit MT’s Local, you can find out how to get there and that kind of thing,” Dixon said. The interactive map will also be posted in advance on the Great American Downtown Facebook page.
Select restaurants will also host cocktail hours before the start of the event and nightcap specials following it.
“Some folks just want to make it an evening and come out at 5 p.m. to grab a drink somewhere so when the Taste opens, they’re here,” Dixon said. “Following the event, some want to continue the event and go to a restaurant for a drink.” A complete list of all restaurants offering drink specials will be posted on the Taste of Downtown Nashua event page.
The guide will indicate four participating businesses as “hot spots,” Dixon said. “We are trying to encourage traffic to the outlying venues as well as some that are on the way,” she said. Guests that incur a stamp from each of the hot spots can turn in their programs to be entered for a chance to win an evening downtown for two.
The event will also feature sidewalk musicians and, if weather permits, photo opportunities with a Budweiser Clydesdale on Main Street.
“It’s a wonderful, festive atmosphere,” Dixon said. “It’s so nice to see people flocking to the sidewalks up and down Main Street, visiting different venues. It’s really a very happy, social event.”