An unexpected Buzzard’s Bay breeze helped the hundreds who found refuge from the sun’s heat under the towering trees and the giant tent set up at Shipyard Park for the 11th annual Taste of the Town in Mattapoisett held on Tuesday evening.
Workers from 14 in-town establishments manned several tables set up to accommodate the large crowds, with each showcasing and serving at least one signature dish to the many patrons in attendance.
The Mattapoisett Women’s Club put on the event in support of its scholarship fundraiser, which gave out five $1,000 scholarships to area youths in the last year.
“As long as we continue to raise money, we’ll have this event,” said Lois Ennis, the Chairperson of the Women’s Club, “and we’ve been doing it for a while now.”
Ennis added that this event in particular was a family-oriented event, and that was evident by the fact that the Showstoppers were there. The Showstoppers are a local group of girls and boys who sing at local events and volunteer their time at places like nursing homes and hospitals.
“They’re the topping on the cake,” Ennis said.
The event is an opportunity for local restaurants to get their names (and tastes) out there to a large group of people, some of whom would never think of stopping at a particular spot for one reason or another. Just by driving up Route 6, one can see that there are countless restaurants to choose from, and as creatures of habit, we sometimes stick to the same old spots.
Events like this help to change that trend, and with the turnout that it received on Tuesday evening, it’s almost a certainty that it will be back next summer.
By Nick Walecka