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Slice of Saugatuck Sept. 6 2019

Photo Story made by Lily Caplan and Lucy Zuckerman

Slice of Saugatuck Festival in Westport, Connecticut was on Sept. 6 2019. Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Westport to the enjoy food, shopping and the overall experience of the festival.

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Westport Fire Station four had a firetruck and fire simulation trailer that kids found very entertaining. Festival-goers could experience into the truck, the kids especially enjoyed honking the horn.

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Nina Bentley and Miggs Burroughs, both local artists enjoy coming to the festival each year. Bentley and Burroughs were looking forward to eating all the food festival has to offer. “Were just going to eat all day long, eating and eating and eating,” Bentley said.

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The festival was very intriguing for parents with young children. There were three bounce houses which were a fun attraction for the kids. There were also a variety of restaurants that the adults appreciated as well.

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For companies like Neat Capital in the Saugatuck area, Slice of Saugatuck is an opportunity to get their company name out there and potentially get new customers. “We chose to participate in this event because it is a great community event, it is right outside of our office,” Justin Carmichael the Director of mortgage lending said.

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There were several different bands scattered throughout the festival. The bands were fairly unknown; however many people still clumped to listen.

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Tutti’s Ristorante has been a family-run Italian restaurant since 2002. The table of meatballs and pasta was very popular; many people were crowded around the stand. “The Tutti’s experience is about more than just food. We want you to come and be a part of the family” Tuttis Ristorante website said.

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Maya Markus-Malone ’22 and Kira Obsitnik ’22 were enjoying the beautiful Sunday at the festival. Obsitnik and Markus-Malone were looking forward to the food. “All the food available, [there are] lots of different options which really excites us,” Markus-Malone said.

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Neat Capital, a home loan company, had a display in front of their storefront to intrigue potential customers. Although they are not a food company, they put candy and merch out by their store to, “get our company name out there,” Carmichael said, “so everybody knows that we are involved in what we do.”

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After talking to Philip Domino, the CEO of Embody, we learned that the festival was a way for many different types of businesses to advertise. “Slice of Saugatuck has really helped us because we can gain exposure to you guys and also the rest of the community,” Domino said.

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The Slice of Saugatuck was both a kid and adult-friendly festival. All ages found something that interested them. The festival-goers walked with smiles on their faces and food in their hands.

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On display in front of Indulge by Mersene was their inventory to advertise their store. People walked by and stopped to look at the products. When asked if their business was attracting customers a worker responded,“Absolutely, look at the streets it's packed out here,” Wendy Nixon said.

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Viva Zapata, a Mexican restaurant in Saugatuck, had a table in front of their store where they served tacos and drinks. “A lot of people walking around come in and get lunch … try some food and maybe come back in a few weeks,”Bennet Brady, a worker at Viva Zapata said. The festival brings new people to the restaurant which creates more business for Viva Zapata.

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