Taste is everything
Milford overs a night of samples
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum firstname.lastname@example.org
Milford is joining the food-paired-with-retail fun with A Taste of Milford on Friday, June 4. Run by the Milford Downtown Ongoing Improvement Team (DO-IT), the evening is meant to act as a lead-in for the Milford Keyes Art Festival, which takes place the following two days.
“We have nine restaurants, and for a small downtown they are doing pretty well,” said DO-IT executive director Tracy Bardsley. “We have been thinking about doing a Taste event for quite some time. We wanted to feature our restaurants, plus we have some unique shops in our downtown as well.”
Like the Taste events in Nashua and Manchester, Milford’s will feature restaurants giving out samples of some of their best dishes inside various retail shops on the Oval and some surrounding streets. The participants are:
• Foodees Gourmet Pizza serving inside JM Princewells, 127 Union Square
• The Pasta Loft serving inside Souhegan Cycle, 227 Union Square
• Giorgios Ristorante & Meze Bar serving inside The Frame Depot, 227 Union Square
• The Café on the Oval serving within The Café on the Oval, 241 Union Square
• The Mile Away Restaurant serving inside The House of Faith, 263 Union Square
• Elisha’s Restaurant serving inside Salon Exclusive, 40 Nashua St.
• Amigos Mexican Cantina serving inside Sons Chimney, 50 Nashua St.
• The Red Arrow Diner Catering serving inside Lisa’s Sweets, 20 Middle St.
• The Rustic Leaf Bistro serving inside The Garden Party Floral Boutique, 18 Middle St.
• The Union Street Grill serving inside The Union Street Grill, 4 Union St.
The Red Arrow Diner’s George Lawrence said his restaurant will serve samples of homemade meatballs in marinara and Swedish sauces, plus tastes of the famous Dinah Fingers, the Twinkie-like treats. This Red Arrow has been open for one and a half years and includes J’s Tavern downstairs. Lawrence feels it’s important to participate in the Taste “to get our name out there, plus the good felling you get for helping your town. Take care of your town first.”
There will be music in a few locations, and some of the spots will feature artwork from the Milford Keyes Art Festival.
“The Keyes art group has had an annual show for the past 32 years. They came to us this year and we discussed making it into an art festival,” Bardsley said.
The festival fun will take place on the Oval both Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. It will include family activities, music, dance and theater performances, including Crash, a Milford High School group that performs in the style of Recycled Percussion by making music with trash cans and other paraphernalia.
Food will be a part of the art festival as well. The Milford Masonic Association will have a booth to serve hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and baked goods. And of course the restaurants on the Oval will be open for business on both days.
Tickets for A Taste of Milford cost $20 and available online (www.milfordmainstreet.org) or by calling 672-4567. Samples will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. The Milford Keyes Art Festival will run on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.