If you like great food, Irish culture — or both — then I have the perfect thing for you to do this Friday night. Hamden’s Town Center Park will be having their annual Harvest and Homecoming Festival this Friday, Sept. 22. The festival will be held at Hamden’s Town Center Park from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to a press release entitled “Hamden Town Center Park to Host Harvest & Homecoming Festival,” there will be 35 “local and regional” food vendors. And, there’s a wide variety of options, so there’s definitely something that everyone will enjoy.

When I attended last year, I was worried about whether or not I would be able to find something to eat since I am lactose intolerant. However, since there were so many delicious options, I left feeling full and satisfied. 

The press release confirmed that some of this year’s vendors will include: Spuds Your Way, the Cupcake Truck (aka Sugar Bakery), Elm City Kettlecorn, Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers, and Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies.

If I am going to be honest, I’m probably going to attend just to get my hands on a cupcake from Sugar Bakery. I am a huge fan of the Unicorn Poop Cupcake, which honestly tastes much better than it sounds. 

Unlike last year’s event, in addition to the delicious cuisine, the Harvest & Homecoming Festival will have an Irish festival as well. The press release states there will be live performances by Irish singer Andy Cooney and DJ Rachel on the Main Gazebo Stage. In addition, Liz McNicholl, Brennan-Lucey Irish Dancers and Paul Pender are also expected to perform.

Keeping up with the Irish theme, there will also be an Irish market set up. The press release stated that one of them is Lucky Ewe Irish Goods, an Irish gift shop located in Hamden. 

Having attended last year, I’m excited to go and check out the great food, and the new Irish theme. The food truck festival, according to the press release, is the closing event in Town Center Park’s “Summer of Fun.” And, with great food and music, what more do you need to end on a high note?

In my book, absolutely nothing.

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