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Taste of Blue Back Square Postponed Due to Weather

Taste of Blue Back Square & The Center. July 25, 2018. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The fourth annual Taste of Blue Back Square has been postponed from Wednesday, July 31 until Thursday, Aug. 1 due to thunderstorms in the forecast for Wednesday.

By Ronni Newton

Organizers announced Monday that due to thunderstorms in the forecast, and out of an abundance of caution, the fourth annual Taste of Blue Back Square has been moved from Wednesday, July 31, to Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Isham Road in Blue Back Square will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event.

In addition to a wide variety of food to sample from Blue Back Square restaurants, guests will be able to listen to music courtesy of a local radio station. There will be a raffle with special prizes, and proceeds benefiting Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in honor of Jacob Cantor, son of Mayor Shari Cantor, who received life-saving treatment there for a heart condition.

Guests can get their hair styled in a braid or ponytail courtesy of Blo Blow Dry Bar, there will be a live painting demonstration from Muse Paintbar, and CycleBar will give a demonstration of their calorie-burning workouts.

All tickets include free valet parking. A cash bar will be provided by Two Pour Guys.

General admission tickets are $40 each, and a special VIP ticket is $50 – sponsored by West Side Wines and Classic Cakes – includes seating, free chair massage from Nurturing Hands, a special “Dark and Stormy” signature cocktail or Aperol Prosecco Spritz, and a decadent dessert.

Participating restaurants and food samples include: Balos (chicken souvlaki, pita and tzatziki); Bar Louie (blackened fish tacos, chipotle chicken tacos, voodoo pasta, hot honey chicken); Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse (tenderloin sliders); Poké-Man (cold shrimp or chicken with lettuce and warm rice); Rizzuto’s Restaurant & Bar (penne alla vodka); SPoT Coffee (iced coffee, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies); Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen (truffle popcorn and tuna tartare); World of Beer (boneless buffalo or truffle parmesan chicken wings with ranch or blue cheese); The Green Teahouse (iced tea, bubble tea, and tea slushies); The Cheesecake Factory (cheesecake); Artisan West Hartford (Artisan tomatillo gazpacho, avocado sorbet, and breakfast radish); Flora Plant Food + Drink (vegan “burnt ends” and greco salad).

WeHa Wheels. Design by Gary Holmes, Gariphic

West Hartford’s new – free – shuttle service, WeHa Wheels, will also make its debut at Taste of Blue Back Square. Hartford Baking Company will be hosting a ribbon cutting for sponsors at 5 p.m., and guests will be able to tour the new vehicle.

Tickets to Taste of Blue Back Square, limited to 500, are available through Eventbrite here.

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