Food-lovers are spoiled for choice in South Orange’s downtown district, and for one night only, the numerous options can be savored for one small price. Hosted by the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), the Taste of South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is back with more than one dozen participating eateries and taverns. On Sunday, April 28th from 4 pm to 7 pm, the annual family-friendly event, now in its fourth year, will showcase the diverse restaurants and unique retailers in town while live musicians perform throughout the Village Center. Wristbands are currently available for advance purchase online and at Kitchen a la Mode, Sparkhouse Toys, and (starting April 13) at General Store’s Pop-up Kid Shop on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. Hundreds will gather downtown to stroll and sample delectable bites and beverages inside of each participating establishment, while retailers will be offering great discounts and promotions.
Taste of South Orange attendees can eat their way around the Village by purchasing a wristband in advance or at the event. Advance purchase wristbands are $20 (adults), $15 (Seton Hall students), $5 (kids ages 3 to 8) and children 2 and under are free. Tickets are an additional $5 on the day of the event and can be purchased at the event’s two stations on the corner of Sloan Street and South Orange Avenue and on the corner of South Orange Ave and Prospect Street. Beverages and pub crawl drinks are cash bar and not covered by the entrance fee.
Attendees will sample an array of food from participating establishments, including Ariyoshi, Ashley Marketplace, BGR Burgers Grilled Right, Bunny’s Sports Bar (also pub crawl participant), Cold Stone Creamery, Elitist Coffee, Fox & Falcon (also pub crawl participant), Grid Iron Waffle Shop, Jackie & Son (4-6 pm only) Miti Miti, Pandang, Papillon 25 (also pub crawl participant), Tito’s Burritos & Wings, Town Hall Deli (4-5 pm only), Village Diner, and Walia Ethiopian Restaurant. For those who love to shop small, special offers will be available at Café Word Bookstore, Kitchen a la Mode and Sadie’s. Participating businesses are being added daily; for a full list, visit SOVCA online.
As part of the event’s give back mission, 20% of all ticket sales will be donated to Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND), which works to alleviate hunger by providing fresh and healthy food, funds, volunteers and a collaborative forum for its member pantries. During Taste of South Orange, MEND’s green bean bus will be parked by Spiotta Park to accept the following donations: hot and cold cereals; shelf-stable milk; peanut butter; pasta and sauce; canned tuna or chicken in water; low- or no-salt canned vegetables; canned fruit in juice; 1 lb. bags of rice; and canned or dried beans.
Purchase wristbands online here. The South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is generously sponsored by Natalie Farrell of Weichert Realtors. For more event information, visit sovillagecenter.org or call 973.763.6899. Track the latest news by following @SOVillageCenter on Facebook and Instagram and using #TasteofSouthOrange.
About South Orange Village Center Alliance
The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is a non-profit that is dedicated to making downtown South Orange a vibrant place to live, work and play through events, beautification and advocacy for the downtown business district. SOVCA’s mission is to strengthen the vitality of the downtown business district by supporting existing businesses and attracting new ones to improve the Village’s retail mix; raising funds for improvement and public art projects; producing events that complement existing stores and services; maintaining a clean, safe, and pedestrian-friendly downtown; and helping our governing body manage new development while preserving the attractive architectural legacy of the downtown area. The organization is run by an Executive Director and a volunteer board of directors made up of property owners, business owners, residents and other stakeholders. The organization produces key downtown events, including Taste of South Orange Food Stroll, Downtown After Sundown, Under Cover Music Fest, PlayDay, the Farmers Market and more. For more information, visit sovillagecenter.org.