Monday, June 18, 2007

Sixth-annual food festival on Sunday in North Adams

Posted for Rod Bunt, mayor's office of tourist . . .

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The city plays host to the sixth annual Northern
Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday (June 24) from noon to 4 p.m. on Main
Street in the city, according to Rod Bunt of the city's tourism office.

But says the event features the cuisine of up to 20 of the top restaurants
in Northern Berkshire County, along with micro brewed beer and wine
tasting, courtesy of Girardi Distributors, West Fine Liquors and Berkshire
Brewing Company; an eclectic mix of live music from Tom Corrigan and his
band and drawings for gift certificates from participating eateries.
Classic Mustangs and Cougars will be on display as well.

The north and south side of Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle
traffic, and large, festival tents will be erected to shade vendors and
trons. Food tickets are 50 cents each and will be sold from two kiosks
located at the entrances of the festival tents. Each restaurant will
prepare up to three entrée samples with prices ranging generally from one
to four dollars.

The day's fare will satisfy the traditional as well as the adventurous
palate. Over the years, recipes have included such exotic dishes as
Five-Alarm Bourbon Chili, Voodoo Alligator Stew, Beer and Cheese Soup, Ham
Panini, Sushi, Chicken Gruyere, Asian Lollipops, Mixed Mushroom Stew,
Frozen Cappuccino Smoothies along with traditional favorites such as pizza
slices and shrimp cocktail.

Menus and participating restaurants change from year to year, but there
will be over 50 entrée samples from which to choose at the festival.
Participating restaurants will be provided two banquet tables and linens;
are free to decorate their area as elaborately as possible and encouraged
to promote their establishment to the public.

To add to the celebration, a 40-car contingent is planning a fun run,
with the food festival as their destination, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in
Rhode Island. The caravan of classic Mustangs and Cougars will pick up
autos in Charlton along the Mass Pike, and in Northampton, arriving on
Main Street in the city at approximately 12:00 PM. The public is invited
to come and view the automobiles which will be on display for the duration
of the festival.

For more information, Bunt says to contact the Mayor's Office of Tourism
at 6 West Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 Phone: 413 664-6180. Fax
413-664-8135. Email address


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