Results of the 8th Annual Taste of Milford

Tex from The Happy Butcher - Winner: Best Entree

Tex from The Happy Butcher – Winner: Best Entree

Perfect weather, great food, drinks and a large, enthusiastic crowd of happy and ready-to-eat attendees, made for a wonderful  evening at  the 8th Annual A Taste of Milford on Friday, May 19th! Each Year, the Milford Improvement Team organizes a “Taste” by pairing the downtowns businesses with local restaurants, caterers, specialty food stores, and cottage gourmet food businesses. The purpose of the event is to bring attendees down to the Oval area in order to  showcase the Milford area as a dining and shopping destination. This year’s event was sponsored by Amherst Label, Rock 101.1, and Hanson Printing.

Shaw's of Lorden Plaza - Winner: Best Presentation

Shaw’s of Lorden Plaza – Winner: Best Presentation Pictured (from left): Sara, Wendy with Betty

Hundreds of Taste attendees from as far away as the Boston metro area, Nashua, Manchester and beyond, were  treated to a fantastic night out as they strolled in and around the shops and stores on the Milford Oval,   stopping to Taste some of the best food in the area from 28+ different food participants. The businesses stayed open late to host the Taste participants, and there was live music in 3 locations performed by the Doubleneck Guitar Duo, Robert Allwarden and Rich Kumpu,  and  Marlena Phillips.

Dave Quigley from King Street Vineyards - Runner Up: Best Presentation

Dave Quigley from King Street Vineyards – Runner Up: Best Presentation

This year’s food/ beverage  participants included: A & E Roastery, Amigo’s Mexican  Cantina, Barley and Hops, Bookside Café, Café on the Oval, Carole’s Cake Creations, Foodees, Giorgio’s Ristorante, Hill’s Home Market, Jade Dragon, JM Princewell, King Street Vineyard, Olde Kilkenny Pub, One Sweet Affair, Papa Joe’s Humble Pie, Pasta Loft, Nelson’s Candies, Red Arrow Diner/ J’s Tavern, Scoops, Shaws Lorden Plaza, Subway, Sweet Cheeks Creations, The Cozy Tea Cart, The Good Loaf/ Dutch Epicure Bakery, The Happy Butchers, The Home Chef NH, Union Coffee Co.,  and Verdura.

Downtown businesses that graciously hosted this year’s Taste were: Antiques on the Oval, Café on the Oval, Charles David Salon, The Constable Nationwide Agency, Foodee’s, Forever Yoga, The Frame Depot, Free Spirit Boutique, The Garden Party, Hometown Insurance, I Do Again Bridal, JM Princewell, Flip Home  Décor, Olde Kilkenny Pub, Pastiche Boutique, Scoops,  Son’s Chimney, Stork Organic Baby Boutique, and the Wireless Zone.

Attendees had the opportunity to cast their votes in 5 categories: Best Appetizer, Best Beverage,  Best Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Presentation. Hundreds of votes were cast, with many so close that we have included the runners up!

This year’s winners and runners up of the 8th Annual A Taste of Milford are:

Best Appetizer

Winner: The Good Loaf/ Dutch Epicure Bakery

Runner Up: Bookside Cafe

Best Beverage

Winner: Union Coffee Co.

Runner Up: A & E Roastery

Best Entrée

Winner: The Happy Butcher

Runner Up (tie) Giorgio’s Ristorante and Papa Joe’s Humble Pie

Best Dessert

Winner: Carole’s Cakes

Runner Up: Scoops

Best Presentation

Winner: Shaw’s Lorden Plaza

Runner Up: King Street Vineyard

The Milford Improvement Team wishes to also thank the 60+ volunteers who made the evening such a success, the Town of Milford, the MHS Tech Center for making the beautiful wooden winners’ plaques, and Jennifer Spaziani for coordinating the Taste’s live entertainment. Special thanks to the Milford Improvement Team’s 2017 Community Partners, without whom, events such as the Taste of Milford would not be possible. They are: Alene Candles, Ciardelli Fuel Co., Edward Jones, Hitchiner Manufacturing, and Turnstone Corporation.