By Elizabeth F. McNamara
There was a huge turnout for the Taste of Main Street Stroll Thursday, Aug. 22, with lots of local restaurants serving up free samples and even some non-restaurants (i.e. the EG firefighters) feeding the crowd. With much of downtown Main Street closed to cars, it felt like a festival. New this year, there was a kids section, including a giant Connect 4 set. Bravo, EG Chamber and town public safety officials for making it a great evening.
With Main Street closed to cars, everyone took to the street.
Food samples might have been the currency of the evening, but there was plenty of music too, including this trio from St. Luke’s church.
Firefighter Jim Perry gives out child fire helmets and badges.
The firefighters cooked up and handed out hundreds of hotdogs at the stroll.
State Sen. Bridget Valverde with her children samples pasta from La Masseria.
Mime Amy Beth Parravano, a stroll favorite, entertains some children.
The stroll featured a children’s section complete with jumbo-sized games. Photo credit: EG Chamber of Commerce
Young dancers from Providence Ballet perform at the stroll. Providence Ballet has a studio on Main Street in East Greenwich.
The lines were long but moved pretty fast all the restaurants offering free samples.
Jiggers owner and chef Karie Myers talks to a one of the many people who stood in line for Jiggers samples.
Bluegrass music in front of Town hall, always a favorite.
Main Street newcomer Slice was offering samples of their pizza at the stroll.