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New London's Popular, Delicious Spring Food Stroll Is May 14

New London's Popular, Delicious Spring Food Stroll Is May 14

Think of New London and what comes to mind? Maritime history, maybe, or the playwright Eugene O’Neill.

How about good food? That’s right, these days the most popular way of celebrating the historic waterfront district is with “food strolls,” and the Annual Spring Food Stroll is taking place Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Stroll through [over 50] different restaurants, shops and arts and cultural institutions in downtown New London, tasting bite-size samples of dishes or drinks that range from seafood to sweets, organic to ethnic and everything in between,” invites a release from the sponsoring entity, New London Main Street.

Download a map of participating venues

Make plans early to attend because these food strolls always sell out. Tickets are $30 in advance ($25 for military, students and groups) and $35 on the day of the event, if they are still available. Get them online through On the day of the stroll, any tickets left will be sold, starting at 10 a.m., at The Atrium, located 165 State Street or at the Garde Arts Center at 325 State Street.

The stroll will feature lots of entertainment, and the food served will be judged in a competition, with winners announced that night. For more details and a full list of participants, go online to

Here are lots more details from the Facebook post on the food stroll

Sample the offerings of over 50 restaurants and specialty shops in New London's Historic Waterfront District. Snack and enjoy the flavors of downtown as you sample the District's best cuisine. Take advantage of special discounts, promotions and demonstrations at many specialty shops and boutiques. Enjoy diverse musical performances by local musicians throughout downtown. The Food Stroll is a rain or shine event.

Button Prices:
In Advance Day of Stroll 
Button $30 $35 
Military $25 $30 
Student* $25 $30 
Group (6 or more) $25/piece N/A 

Children ages 5 and under are free with paid adult.

To purchase your button, go to or visit 147 State Street, Suite B, New London between 11am-3pm Monday-Friday, or by calling 860.444.2489. 

Buttons purchased through New London Main Street by phone or via internet will be available for pick-up at The Atrium, 165 State Street, New London starting at 10am on May 14. Buttons purchased through the Garde Box Office will be available at the Garde starting at 10am on May 14.

All purchases are final. 
*Military and students must show ID upon button pickup. Student button does not include drink ticket. Military button purchases are limited to two per ID.

The Stroll is a rain or shine event!

Taste Here
2Wives Brick Oven Pizza
Bankok Thai
Bean & Leaf
Bulkeley House Saloon
Captains Pizza
Copperwood Grill
Dev's on Bank
Dickson’s Tavern
East Coast Catering’s Atrium Café
Fiddleheads Food Coop
Frank's Place
Gaspar's New American Cuisine
Hot Rod Café
In N Out Caribbean Cuisine
Jasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi
Mambo Bar & Restaurant
Monica's Diner
Muddy Waters
Northern Indian Restaurant
Seehund (new!)
State Street Saloon
Sweetie’s Bakery & Café
Thames Club
Tony D's 
Washington Street Coffee House
Wings 'N Pies (new location!)
Y Knot Café
and more!

Shop & Snack Here
Blissworks Yoga
Bravado Barbershop
Custom House Museum
Flavours of Life – The Fair Trade Store
The Gallery at Firehouse Square
Garde Arts Center
Monte Cristo Bookshop
Nancy’s Salon
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse featuring Charter Oak Brewing 
New London Healing Arts
New London Fire Headquarters
New London Smoke & Gift Shop
Northern Gems
Parade Plaza for New London Light Cube unveiling
Provenance Art Gallery
Sarge’s Comics
Shaw Mansion
Spoiled Salon
Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery
The Drunken Palette
and more!

Entertainment Provided by:
Ancient Mariners
Bennie Dover Middle School Choir
Die Cry Hate Photo Booth
Ed Soufer & Paul Battles
Katie Perkins
and much more.

Special Bonus! Witness the world premiere of the New London Light Cube, a permanent lighted art installation at the Water Street Parking Garage at 8:00pm. Celebration takes place at Parade Plaza and includes more food to taste and entertainment galore. You can only see the Light Cube be turned on for the first time once! Brought to you by the Hygienic Art Galleries.

Parking Information
Water Street Garage, 161 Water Street, (across from the train station), which will offer all button holders $2 parking from 4:30-9:30pm. Must show button at check out.
New London's Popular, Delicious Spring Food Stroll Is May 14

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