International Food Festival held at Bacon Academy

By Merja Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
Sylvia Miller (left) and Wes Danyliw and Darlene Stormann were enjoying the night of good food and good music. Photos by Merja Lehtinen.
Sylvia Miller (left) and Wes Danyliw and Darlene Stormann were enjoying the night of good food and good music. Photos by Merja Lehtinen.

At the first International Food Festival on Aug. 8, the band Black and White played the blues and rock while more than 100 people enjoyed food from around the world, like barbecue, lobster rolls and authentic Indian cuisine. The Parks & Recreation Department event was moved to Bacon Academy from the Town Green to avoid inclement weather, after having been postponed twice. 

The food festival also offered many vegetarian dishes and nonfat ice cream. There were even treats from O'Paws and O'Ma's for dogs, from Jerry the Dog and his human handler Dave.

People listened to the concert inside the Bacon auditorium, but most chose to sit outdoors and listen from there, as the side doors to the auditorium were open as well.

Black and White band members David Howard, Gary Gramolini, Kevin Martin and Dan Bunge regaled the audience with tunes and stories throughout the evening. The band just came off a week of gigs ranging from Old Saybrook to New Bedford, and planned to play at Sturbridge and Cape Cod after Colchester.

Inside the cafeteria, Mexican fiesta fare and authentic Indian food were popular choices.

Enjoying the festival were families and local politicians running for office in fall, as town committee members gathered at tables inside.

Helen Anague of Groton was visiting Colchester with her daughter and friends, and Rachel Kosa and her husband Alexander Courtemanche and son Brian were simply enjoying the food.

Staff and residents from "A New Beginning," a group home, said they were enjoying the festival and music with the community.
Sylvia Miller, Darlene Stormann and Wes Danyliw chose to sit outside initially to taste some of the food. Stormann said she especially liked the lobster roll.

Local businessman and real estate broker Jack Faski and his wife Laurie were entertaining friends at the concert. Their guest, Carolyn Guarino, said the event was "lovely and the food is delicious."

"I am so happy it finally came off," said Faski, alluding to the numerous postponements due to inclement weather. "Now that we know this works moving the events over to Bacon, I hope this is what we do in the future rather than just cancel an event on the green due to weather," he said.

For more information about other upcoming events, contact the Colchester Parks & Recreation Department at 860-537-7297 or e-mail

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