Bristol Rising plans downtown food fest for September

Bristol Rising, alongside local restaurateurs and cultural nonprofit event partner, The Carousel Museum of New England, to bring forth Flavor’d Food Fest, A Taste of Bristol and Beyond.
Flavor’d Food Fest is a new food-oriented event that will focus entirely around food, and will feature a tasting element from the culinary talents of Bristol restaurants/organizations as well as participating restaurants from the region and state, to create “a cultural crockpot of Bristol and Connecticut flavors,” according to a press release from Bristol Rising.
“A great part of the event is about celebrating Bristol food and culinary gems, and highlighting them,” said Mark Walerysiak Jr, community liaison, Bristol Rising. “But similar to how the Pop Up Piazza, Bristol Rising showed the possibility of a future bustling downtown, we’d like to similarly provide a one-day looking glass into the anticipated future food culture downtown by inviting ‘missing markets’ and different establishments from outside of town too. We’re excited to pop up these restaurant rows. We recommend people come hungry.”
Terry Lugo, an event committee member and co-owner of the Barley Vine, along with her husband Victor, shared in a press release one of the primary reasons the event was born.
“There’s this perception amongst some that Bristol doesn’t have many places to eat,” Lugo said in the news release. “We don’t believe that, and Flavor’d Food Fest will help show Bristol has many quality restaurants, and places that specialize in some amazing items, and it’s our intention to allow them the platform to be known to the world.”
Flavor’d Food Fest is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, between 2 and 8:30 p.m.
(rain date is Sept. 14) on Riverside Avenue Extension as well as parts of Depot Square, in downtown Bristol. The press release from Bristol Rising said it is hoped event will draw thousands to downtown.
Currently, the Flavor’d Food Fest team is full steam ahead in event sponsors and vendors recruitment