The Hartford Taste Festival is planned for June.
Mayor Luke Bronin, the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Hartford and Connecticut Foodshare announced the festival, which will be held June 10 and 11 on Constitution Plaza.
City officials said the event will celebrate Hartford's food, music, businesses and cultural diversity. It will also support local restaurants and benefit Connecticut Foodshare.
“People are excited about this event coming back to Hartford,” said Marc Sherer, president the Hartford Taste Festival.
According to the city, The Hartford and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce are providing the opportunity for area restaurants to participate in the festival for free.
“We have some amazing restaurants all over the city, not just in the downtown, but throughout our neighborhoods, and this is a chance to celebrate those restaurants, to celebrate the incredible cuisine that we have here in Hartford, to do it all in one place, all together here on Constitution Plaza,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.
The two day event will also include entertainment, cooking contests, cooking demonstrations and around 30 restaurants.
“There’s going to be a lot of food options we’re going to be able to showcase what they do, samples are going to be available at really reasonable prices. You can go from restaurant to restaurant and not break your family budget,” Sherer said.
“We’re going to have a really active summer in the City of Hartford, sports, concerts, festivals, arts, culture,” Mayor Luke Bronin said.
Bronin says the festival will help Hartford-area restaurants coming off a tough couple of years and the proceeds will benefit Connecticut Foodshare and the 400,000 people who face food insecurity that it services..
“This is a chance to come and support the restaurants you know you love and also to discover a bunch of new ones and do it in person with a whole lot of other people out just enjoying a couple summer days here at Constitution Plaza in the city of Hartford,” Bronin said.
NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of The Hartford Taste Festival. The Festival is happening June 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is free. The festival is waiving the fee for any participating restaurant and is expected to announce the restaurant lineup in mid-May.
NBC Connecticut is a proud sponsor of the Hartford Taste Festival.
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