SOUTHINGTON — In planning the return of the Taste of Southington, the Barnes Museum’s newest curator, Christina Volpe, focused on creating a new era for both the event and museums.
The Taste of Southington had been on hold since 2019 due to the pandemic.
Volpe and her team moved the event from Wednesday night – the night of Southington’s Music on the Green concerts – to Thursday, giving the festival its own night.
“Other towns in Connecticut have a full week of special summer events,” Volpe said. “More is more!”
The Stanley Street Big Band provided live music and volunteers gave tours of the museum’s first floor. Later this year, the North Main Street museum will host Movie Nights on the Lawn and a trick-or-treat event.
This year, Volpe focused on inviting restaurants that the Southington community may not be familiar with because they opened during the pandemic.
Chef Michone Arrington of The Art of Yum opened his Southington location two years ago and was excited to be reintroduced to the town. Arrington, who brought along his children, said it was his first time visiting the museum. He served a variety of items, including vegetarian options and cold drinks.
Endless Sweets also participated for the first time, offering a collection of single-serve cake slices and cookies.
Volpe said the museum relies on the annual participation of several restaurants, as well as long-time sponsor TD Bank.
Katie Kennedy, the manager of Hop Häus’s several locations, said the Southington team was glad to be back after participating in 2019.
“It is nice to see some of the long-standing Southington staple restaurants participating, as well as some new faces,” Kennedy said.
Since the pandemic, Hop Häus has expanded into a second location, with a third in the works for Waterbury. This year, they brought along chicken skewers and a watermelon feta salad.