From name brands like Dunkin’ Donuts to local labels like Tutti’s, over 30 restaurants took part in an annual fair for a good cause that snaked around three entire blocks.
The Slice of Saugatuck Festival entered its third year this Saturday as hundreds turned out to sample the best of the shore’s dining options; crowds clustered around the booths of Viva Zapata, 99 Bottles, Saugatuck Sweets, The Black Duck and scores more. Proceeds went to Gillespie Center for the homeless.
“It’s the best way to get publicity business and it’s a lot of fun,” Jordan Bonn ’18, a Staples student and Saugatuck Sweets worker said. “The business just flows. You talk to people and they get to know your store.”
Apart from the usual wining and dining, the festival also supplied a myriad of activities: Minuteman Cleaners propped up a towering rock climbing wall while a local martial arts studio set up a kickboxing demonstration. Several came for the bands spread about.
“I came for the music. Such great bands and great crowds,” Alejandro Hervella ’16, a musician himself, said.
With election season impending, politicians had a solid presence. Representatives, leaders and candidates scouted the event, praising its role in the community it represents.
“We need people to see how great this area is. Some never get to. You’ve got food, you’ve got music, you’ve got us politicians!” Paul Lebowitz, a candidate for the town’s Planning and Zoning committee said. “Plus it all just proves Saugatuck’s become what we’d call a ‘Westport gem’.”