A banner that makes you hungry hangs over downtown Amherst
So Amherst may have lost a traditional, fun, family-oriented 4th of July Parade that attracted throngs of celebratory people to the downtown, but another quaint tradition is alive and well: The Taste of Amherst.
Yes, Northampton--a mecca of fine dining--may have given up on the culinary crowd source concept but Amherst is still going strong...20+ years and counting. This year 23 restaurants will be offering their favorite wares: great affordable food, served quickly and conveniently on compostable plates. Sustainable Amherst gets greener by the day.
In addition to a potpourri of fine foods the Taste also provides that adult favorite, beer. Local institutions Amherst Brewing Company and Rafters will provide craft brews served by friendly barkeeps. While WRSI, "The River", will provide music from a remote soundstage with live bands scheduled throughout the four day event.
Kids will love Magician Fran Ferry (who will conjure up perfect weather) and all the cute critters from the Forest Park Zoo.
Beer, music, food and a boatload of happy people clustered in beautiful downtown Amherst. I can't think of a better way to spend Father's Day.
Hours for the Taste of Amherst, sponsored by Atkins Farm Country Market, are Thursday, June 14, 5-9pm; Friday, June 15, 5-10pm; Saturday, June 16, 12-10pm; and Sunday, June 17, 12-4pm.