The 13th Annual Taste of Nashoba at Lawrence Academy in Groton fed about 1100 hungry area residents March 18th, at the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce’s spring social and business showcase.
NVCoC President Melissa Fetterhoff wrote in a news release, “Thirty-eight local vendors worked diligently to provide a spectacular spread for both the eye and the palate that invited exploration from table to table. Neighbors and friends enjoyed a casual evening chatting, sampling, and admiring the considerable culinary talent present in our own small valley.
The leadership team at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Devens Common Center, Hilton Garden Inn and the Great American Grill make every effort to engage in the community — and one way they do this is by sponsoring the Taste of Nashoba for the sixth year in a row.”
Despite the challenge of parking more than 500 vehicles in 400 spaces, the Ayer Fire Department was brave enough to volunteer to man the parking situation and run the shuttle buses. Moison’s Ace Hardware and the Town of Groton’s Prescott School building provided two more parking lots for off-site parking.
Festival diners vote for their favorite appetizer, beverage, entree, dessert and presentation. With thirty-eight vendors who brought their A+ game and more than 55 entries in the four food categories, voting was a challenge. This year’s winners are:
- Best Appetizer — Shriver Job Corps Center
- Runner ups — Gibbet Hill Grill and Bailey’s Bar & amp; Grille
- Best Beverage — Sunset Tiki Bar/ The Outlook at Nashoba
- Runner ups — Carlson Orchards and Bull Run Restaurant
- Best Entree — Nashoba Valley Technical High School
- Runner ups — Shriver Job Corps Center and Burtons Grill
- Best Dessert — Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections
- Runner ups — Bliss Bakery and Sweet Lydia’s
- Best Presentation — Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections
- Runner ups — Outlook Restaurant at Nashoba/Sunset Tiki Bar and Nashoba Valley Technical High School
“Many businesses get involved in supporting the Taste of Nashoba including; Lawrence Academy’s ninth year volunteering as host for this major undertaking, ISS providing the programs, tickets, and additional print materials, Sites & amp; Signs, Duval Sign Company, Platinum Productions provided the entertainment, Holiday Inn Boxborough, Littleton Electric Light & amp; Water, Loaves & amp; Fishes, and Kelley’s Hallmark filling the room with blue and yellow balloons. This year Photo Op Photography and C & amp; J Photography captured images of friendly conversations, overstuffed bellies, and exquisite culinary offerings at the Taste (visit www.facebook.com/tasteofnashoba). For the second year in a row, the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center joined us in an effort to “green” the event,” Fetterhoff wrote.