ELLSWORTH — For the second year in a row, residents and visitors will have a chance to gather for a community picnic with a view of City Hall as part of the annual Taste of Ellsworth event.
On Saturday, June 30, the Franklin Street extension (between Elizabeth’s on one side and the J&B Atlantic building on the other) will be closed to traffic and transformed into a lively street festival.
There will be a giant tent erected for the affair (courtesy of Wallace Events) that brings together local breweries, eateries and bands.
The theme this year is Americana. Heart of Ellsworth, which hosts the event, will sell 400 tickets — 150 more than the group sold last year.
The night will bring together local restaurants, breweries and bands. Appetizer-size tastes of signature menu items will be served by 15 different local restaurants. Airline Brewing Co. will man the taps, and two local bands — the Ellsworth City Band and the Trisha Mason Band — will warm up the stage for this year’s headliner, the Blake Rosso Band.
“After the success of last year’s inaugural Taste of Ellsworth event, I am honored to return for my second year as committee chair,” said volunteer Carolyn Wakefield. “I believe in the growth and development of downtown Ellsworth and want to be part of its success.”
There will be a games tent with giant versions of Connect Four and Jenga, among others, and a beer tent with a cash bar. Peter Lione, creative director for Heart of Ellsworth, will decorate the space. A ticket gets you access to unlimited food and games. Tickets are $15 for children and $37.50 for adults, with discounts available for families, groups and couples.
The 2018 culinary lineup includes Serendib, Mortons Moo, Finn’s Irish Pub, Sylvia’s Cafe and Mike’s Country Store, with sponsorship from Machias Savings Bank. Proceeds from the event will benefit Downeast Project HOPE, a program to help area residents struggling with addiction.
Heart of Ellsworth received a mass gathering permit for the event, which will temporarily block a space often used by public safety agencies to exit the City Hall parking lot, where the stage will be set up.
Taste of Ellsworth will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 10. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.heartofellsworth.org/ or at Machias Savings Bank on High Street.