Sample New Haven Recap

On Saturday, September 23 downtown New Haven, in spite of the oppressive heat, had over three hundred visitors. They lined the streets to sample foods and to see the wares of our downtown businesses. The event had fifteen samples of food provided by: Domino's, Andy's Knockout Chicken, The Navy Club, The Moose Lodge, Power House Youth Center, T&D Printing, Curves of New Haven, VooDoo Bar & Grill, Molly Rose & Company, New Haven Bakery, Rich's Cafe, Rack & Helens, Richards, Heritage Park, and Bob Evans. Thank you to all who shared foods. It's for certain no one went home hungry.

Also, there was a scavenger hunt which included those businesses handing out food and an additional ten businesses: Niche Market Furniture, New Haven Bicycles, Ken's Meat Market, Brian's Barber Shop, Ruhl's Furniture, New Haven Computer, Peter Franklin Jewelers, Monarch Yoga, Wood & Limn, and MiMis Treasures. All twenty five businesses each had a letter to give to the participants. Thank you to those businesses that helped with the scavenger hunt. Everyone had a fun time.

At the end of the sampling those participating were to unscramble the letters they received from the businesses and make a phrase that had to do with New Haven. Also participants were supposed to vote for their favorite food at the same time. Those that completed that task then were entered into a drawing for a 2018 Jury Pool Pass.

Chris Heck was the winner of the 2018 Jury Pool Pass. Andy's Knockout Chicken won the People's Choice Award with the Navy Club coming in a close second and Rack & Helen's receiving third place.

Another big thank you goes out to the New Haven cheerleaders who spent two hours painting faces. They also helped us keep our ice water supply filled which was very necessary on that hot afternoon.

Everyone had nothing but good things to say about the event. Some comments that were overheard:

"You have to come down here, this is great" (This was an overheard conversation on a cell phone)

"Last year we tried the pizza at the Navy Club and it was so good. We always order our pizza there now."

"You know I drive down Broadway all the time but I have never gone in those stores, I'm glad I came."

"We are enjoying ourselves. I can't believe all of the good food that was offered."

"I have been wanting to come in to shop but never have the time, I am so glad for this opportunity."