‘Taste of Suffolk’ a delicious hit

Published 6:35 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The band Strictly Bizzness delights the crowd near the end of the day on a stage at the intersection of North Main Street and Washington Street. There were three stages set up along the closed-off portion of North Main.

Taking advantage of what felt like summer’s last stand in Suffolk, thousands of people took to a closed-off couple of blocks of North Main Street on Saturday for the city’s sixth annual Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival.

Visitors enjoyed all-day entertainment, specialty vendors, contests, a large variety of children’s activities and crafts and a new vehicle exhibition.

Dwayne Godwin, who owns Ndulge Eclectic Soul Cuisine on East Washington Street, scoops out a sample for a visitor to the Taste of Suffolk event on Saturday. With three hours remaining in the event, Godwin said it had been a success for him, noting that he’d already run out of some items.

Of course, the main attraction was the food, prepared and presented in sample-sized servings by some of Suffolk’s best eateries.

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Whether your tastes run to the exotic flavors of the Caribbean or seek the comforting familiarity found in the kinds of dishes Mom might have made, there was something delectable for everyone at Taste of Suffolk.

Participating restaurants included Amici’s/Baron’s Pub, Rosa’s Coffee Cantina, Harper’s Table, The Plaid Turnip, Al Forno’s Pizzeria, Broken Egg Bistro, The Catering Place, C3 Vino, Coldstone Creamery, Da’Lish, Divine Creations, Island Krave/Jammin’ Jerks BBQ, Madagans, Mosaic, N’dulge Eclectic Cuisine, Ricky & Roy’s and U3C Italian Ice.

Visitors could, quite literally, work their way from the appetizer course through dessert and then on to after-dinner drinks along their walk from Washington Street to Pinner Street.

For those who needed a break from all that food, three different stages provided entertainment all along the way, with bands, dance troupes and even belly dancers performing for the appreciative crowds.

Others took their commitment to the eating part of the event more seriously, competing in one of two food challenges that had been organized by the Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation.

Organizers and city officials said the event was the biggest one yet.