EDITORIAL: A tasty return in Southington

As we rolled through spring and summer this year, again and again, we got word that after a couple of years of pandemic disruption many of our favorite celebrations and events were making a comeback.

Meriden once again hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Meriden Daffodil Festival came back after a two-year hiatus. The same goes for the 55-year-old Puerto Rican Festival set to return to Hubbard Park Aug. 7.

Despite the history and longevity of these beloved community events, it was never a sure thing that we’d get to enjoy them again. We’re all familiar with the sense of unease and uncertainty the pandemic wrought.

When we hear that one of our traditional favorites is coming back, there’s a sigh of relief — not just for the singular happening but for the bigger sense that life is a little bit more normal again.

Now we can add The Taste of Southington to the roster of returning events.

After being on hold for two years, this fun foodie experience returns Aug. 4 featuring local restaurants, the Stanley Street Big Band and kids’ entertainment by Valentine the Clown. Held in the afternoon from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Barnes Museum, 85 N. Main St., it promises to be a nice break from the summer doldrums.

“It’s a sense of community and everyone coming together. It’s a warm, welcoming event.” said Kristi Sadowski, executive director of the Southington Public Library that oversees the museum.

It’s also a great way to spotlight local eateries and remind people that the Barnes Museum is a worthwhile destination. Walk-through tours of the museum will be offered.

Participating restaurants include Hop Haus, Ideal Tavern, La Catrina, Namaste India, Polish Plate, Smokin’ with Chris, the Art of Yum and Endless Sweets.

That sounds like a grand buffet of taste adventures.

Endless Sweets will have cookies and cake slices. Owner Blair Gianatti, opened the shop in 2019 just when the taste event was suspended and so this is her first time participating.

 “People seem to really love it,” Gianatti said. “They are really excited that it’s coming back.”

That’s a good summary for not only the Taste of Southington but for all the activities that enrich our communities.



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