Inaugural festival offers a taste of the Twin Beaches
A new family-friendly event is coming up and is aimed at giving locals and visitors a taste of everything North Beach and Chesapeake Beach have to offer.
Taste the Beaches will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Kellams Field in Chesapeake Beach. There will be a variety of over 40 local vendors, a dozen food and drink vendors, an inflatable slide, carnival games, a balloon artist, Chesapeake Mermaid, face painting and entertainment.
Chesapeake Beach Mayor Pat “Irish” Mahoney created an economic development committee last year, which councilman Larry Jaworski chairs. The committee decided to come up with an event to focus on the businesses of both of the beach towns in order to help improve the towns’ economies, Jaworski said.
“It’s not being put on by one of the towns; it’s both towns coming together to put on this event,” Jaworski said.
The Town of North Beach provided financial and publicity support for the event, said Mayor Mark Frazer. He said he was quick to say yes to Taste the Beaches, as the most successful businesses in North Beach are the restaurants.
“We’d like to give them exposure at this event as well as an opportunity to see what Chesapeake Beach has to offer,” Frazer said.
Attendees will be able to sample food from local restaurants, purchase beer and wine and explore town venues such as Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cultivation Society, Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail, Chesapeake Beach Water Park, North Beach Boardwalk events and the farmers market. Entertainment offerings include Kenneth Holmes, John Lusky, Megan Warturtle and Grass- roots presented by Garrett Music Academy.
“The area of economic development is something that is best approached not individually by the towns, but as a joint effort,” Frazer said.
The intention is for Taste the Beaches to be an annual event, although earlier in the year next year, Jaworski said.