Taste of Somerville Returns in June at a New Location

The fest heads for greener pastures with more than 60 restaurants, craft beer, lawn games, and more.

Taste of Somerville Photos provided

Taste of Somerville Photos provided

You probably have at least one friend who lives in Somerville. They’re always talking about bar-hopping around a bustling square, or dining at the latest hip spot in Winter Hill or East Somerville. Maybe you are that person in your group of friends.

Here’s an opportunity to get your fill of the ’Ville all in one place. The Taste of Somerville returns this year, and it’s taking over a new, scenic locale. After 18 years in a pleasant but paved lot in Davis Square, the food festival is moving to Nathan Tufts Park in Powderhouse Square.

“We’ve loved being in the heart of Davis Square the past few years, but the chance to move to this beautiful park space with lots of grass, lawn furniture and rugs to spread out on will make it feel like an entirely different event,” says Luke O’Neil, a member of the planning committee.

The new location gives Taste of Somerville room to grow. After selling out 1,200 tickets over the past three years, organizers are expecting 2,000 guests this year, O’Neil says. The kid-friendly event has a pop-up parkour playground and a Somerville Fire Department truck to check out, and bocce courts, foosball, and cornhole.

More than 60 vendors will be feeding the crowd, from Mana Poke Shop, Juliet, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, and more restaurants, to Somerville-based food trucks. For the first time, the city granted the fest a liquor license, so craft cocktails will be on the table in the VIP area. Aeronaut and other craft beers, plus wines, Tower Beverages sodas, and other drinks will satiate the masses in general admission.

Put on by the dining and nightlife group of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, the annual event benefits two community groups: Somerville Home, which provides for the elderly, and the Walnut Street Center, supporting the city’s most vulnerable.

The list of participating restaurants will grow as the festival approaches. Below, check out the confirmed attendees so far. The number of tickets available won’t increase, though, so aspiring Somerville scenesters, make sure you get yours.

Taste of Somerville, $50-$75, Wednesday, June 14, 5-8 p.m., Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Powderhouse Square, Somerville, tasteofsomerville.org.

Taste of Somerville
(More to come)

  • Boston Burger Co.
  • Brass Union
  • Bronwyn
  • Casa B
  • Cuisine en Locale
  • Dave’s Fresh Pasta
  • El Potro
  • Five Horses Tavern
  • Flatbread
  • Foundry on Elm
  • Fuji at Assembly
  • Gracie’s Ice Cream
  • Highland Kitchen
  • Holiday Inn
  • Joshua Tree Grill
  • JP Licks
  • Juliet
  • Kirkland Tap & Trotter
  • La Posada
  • Machu Picchu
  • Manoa Poke Shop
  • Meju
  • Mount Vernon Pub
  • Oat Shop
  • Olde Magoun’s Saloon
  • Orleans
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • PJ Ryan
  • Redbones
  • River Bar
  • Saloon
  • On the Hill Tavern
  • The Burren
  • The Independent
  • Tony C’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Bon Me
  • Compliments
  • Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  • Rhythm ‘n Wraps
  • Papi’s Stuffed Sopapillas
  • Oath Pizza
  • Just Add Cooking
  • Nola’s Fresh Foods (Salsa)
  • Carolina’s
  • Tower Beverages
  • Kung Fu Tea
  • Somerville High School
  • MEM Tea Imports
  • Espresso Plus