Downtown delights in Taste of Suffolk festivities

Published 6:04 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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Downtown Suffolk was once again alive with festivities and delicious offerings from restaurants during the 17th annual Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival. 

Held Saturday, Sept. 9, residents came out in droves to enjoy a plethora of delicious food, fun games, merchandise from local vendors and musical entertainment from bands such as Lucky757 and RaJazz. 

Among performers stilt-walking and clowning around, there were artists from the Suffolk Plein Air Festival taking part in the “Paint the Taste” quick draw event. Alongside Suffolk, painters from Richmond, Maryland, Delaware and more came out to paint the ongoing “Taste” festivities.

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During his quick draw painting session, Delaware artist Jim Rehak called his work an “outlet for expression.” 

Likewise, Richmond artist Donald Kaupp said that “it relaxes him” while painting during the “Taste” festival.

Following the excitement, Acting Recreation Supervisor of Special Events Sarah Slate said she was pleased with the event.

“We had a really good turnout this year and we’re excited for next year,” Slate said. “We hope that we brought the community together for lots of fun and enjoyment for what Taste of Suffolk has to offer.”