NEWTON, NJ—Hundreds flocked to the Annual Taste of Newton event, held on Spring Street on Monday, September 9.
The event, which ran from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m., included 15 different restaurants who shared some of their local dishes and drinks with the event goers.
The restaurants that participated were:
- Cliff’s Ice Cream
- Freelance Bistro
- Hayek’s Market
- Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub
- O’Reily’s Pub & Grill
- SCCC Culinary Institute
- Sheridan’s Restaurant & Tavern
- Texas Smoke BBQ
- The Barrel House
- Pig Whistle Inn
- UMC Bristol Glen
- The Walpack inn
- Green Cart Catering
Offerings ran from BBQ to crab cakes from Hayek’s Market, to tacos at the UMC Bristol Glen table and all the way to the Barrel House’s beef empanadas in queso sauce.
Tasters also had the opportunity to enjoy specialty beverages such as beer from Krogh’s Restaurant and Tavern and a grapefruit mule from the Barrel House.
Unique dishes were all around those who attended the well organized event. Mayor Helen LeFois and her husband Planning Board chairman Gregory, Town Councilman Matthew Dickson and his wife board of education member Grace Dickson, Deputy Mayor Daniel Flynn and his wife and multiple teachers form the school district were all on hand to enjoy the evening.
Attendees said they were so glad that the event was able to be held outside this year, rather than holding it indoors at the fairground last year due to weather.
“It was just so crowded,” one attendee said of last year, “and loud, you could barely hear," another attendee agreed.
Dessert from Cliff’s ice cream was a popular way to end the evening though many enjoyed the treat between tastings.
“The food is really great,” Newton residnet Ben Eigner said. Forrmer board of education vice president Jessica Eigner, also commented on how great all the foods were at the event.
This year, those in attendance were able to vote via mobile website for their favorite food and restaurant as there was one award for Best Taste. United Methodist Communities of Bristol Glen was the winner.
According to the Greater Newton of Commerce, who organized the event, second most voted and runner up was Pig Whistle Inn and third was Hayek’s Market.
“All the restaurants received votes and most provided gift certificates or prizes that were given away randomly to those that voted for their best tasting meal of the evening," according to event organizers.