Annual food fest serves as the kick-off to fair season

Both days were scorchers, but that didn’t stop people from filling their bellies at the second annual North Haven Fair Food Festival, held last weekend at the local fairgrounds. The festival – a kick-off to the 2022 town fair – offered something for all tastes; from kettle corn and fried dough, to barbecue and ice cream.

While the 90-degree heat likely hurt attendance at the two-day event, Jeanne Lewis, North Haven Fair Association vice president, said the food festival will return.

“We will still make it an annual thing," Lewis said. "It’s really to help kick off the fair this fall.”

Cristina Santiago and her daughter Fiona were at the food festival on Sunday. “We’ve been eating and taking pony rides. Eating a lot of ice cream," Santiago said.

The food festival also featured activities for children and vendors selling various wares. Wallingford residents Maureen St. Lawrent and her husband Blair had a booth. Their business, VinylDelites, makes custom signs, coasters, plaques, and more.

“It’s been great,” Maureen St. Lawrent said of her festival experience. “A lot more people are coming out and we just love what we do.”

Proceeds from the food festival support the North Haven Fair, which takes place in early September.

Jeanne Lewis has been involved with the fair for 13 years. Another North Haven Fair Association vice president, Mike Kennedy, has been part of the fair for 50 years now.

“My mother is still a part of the fair as well,” said Kennedy, pointing out this makes him a “second-generation” fair enthusiast. 

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