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The Taste of Hingham

By Sheila Rogers

I confess. I love a good street fair – strolling the middle of the street bustling with excitement, checking out all that the vendors have set out, waving to friends, stopping to chat, munching on unexpected treats. As it turns out, Hingham has a really good street fair AND lots of great food too. Just go to the annual Taste of Hingham to see what I mean.

Dozens of restaurants, food markets and vendors come Downtown to offer samples of their best dishes to every one at this popular springtime event. And the great thing is that they all are located right in Hingham. So in one afternoon you can cover the whole town’s worth of food.

My family eagerly saves the date for the Taste of Hingham.  What do I remember most from years past? The Snug’s steak tips right off the grill, Rocky Neck’s lobster rolls, White’s colorful cupcakes, Nona’s root beer floats, Caffe Tosca’s sublime arancini, something fabulous from Tosca, fresh fruit from the Fruit Center, an asian-influenced lobster bisque from the Square Café, Muang Thai’s crunchy salad, exotic coffee from Red Eye Roasters, and piles of empty Peel Pizza boxes. The food list goes on and on. Every one seemed so happy to be outdoors. Kids with balloons waited happily for horse-drawn hayrides. Adults stopped at tables to chat with local artists, farmers, police, shop owners and civic groups. The weather was perfect.

Get there early. Stay for the afternoon {12noon to 3pm}. You’ll love tasting great food and you’ll love seeing so many neighbors, friends and familiar faces. It’s sure to bring on warm and fuzzy feelings for life in this Town.

And the price is right. Buy individual tickets or one to cover the whole family {it's a great way to feed your hungry teenager}. Happily, the Taste benefits many charities on the South Shore, including the Hingham Food Pantry, Father Bills and Wellspring. So you’re having all this fun for a good cause.

What happens if it rains? Well, the street fair goes on if the weather is only slightly bad. We are hardy New Englanders after all. But if it looks worse than that, check Local Betty to see if its postponed til the following day. It’s a fabulous day in the neighborhood.

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