MAMARONECK, N.Y. Local restaurants and businesses are gearing up again to showcase Mamaroneck hospitality and culinary expertise via the annual Wine Trail event that allows visitors to try wine and food for a flat fee this weekend.
Its a great opportunity to sample what Mamaroneck has become, a culinary center in Westchester representing a variety of cuisines, said Maria Valente, owner of Chocolations on East Boston Post Road. The Wine Trail is a special opportunity to come treat yourself for the day.
Sponsored by the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce, the sixth annual A Taste of Mamaroneck Wine Trail will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6. For $50, attendees can walk to or ride one of two trolleys to 18 restaurants and other businesses to sample wines, food and other offerings.
They get to eat a lot of good food and drink some good wine, said Bekir Helvacioglu, owner of Turkish Meze. And it is good exposure for the businesses and the town as it brings people from surrounding towns to Mamaroneck who taste the wines, then shop locally and stay for dinner.
Pam Morgan, administrator at the chamber, said the event began with about 10 businesses and 50 attendees to promote local businesses.
Helvacioglu, who has participated since the first event and is reportedly always the first business to sign up for it each year, added that the timing coincided with an explosion of culinary offerings by a range of new and established restaurants in the village, ranging from Asian to Middle Eastern, South American and contemporary American.
Easy access from multiple highways and by train, the attraction of Harbor Island Park as a destination and the reputation of several of the restaurants as being the best in Westchester, have contributed to the growth of the event, Helvacioglu said.
Morgan said approximately 175 visitors participated at last years event, with more than 200 estimated for Sunday.
We already have more people registered this year than we had the same time last year, Morgan said.
After receiving their wristbands at check-in at the entrance of Harbor Island Park, participants can stop by at any of the 18 participating restaurants and stores, including Valente and Helvacioglus businesses, Morgan said. New additions this year include Thai restaurant Spicy Shallot 2, Chinese favorite Lum Yen and yogurt shop SoYo So Yummy.
Tickets can be purchased via the chambers web site at www.mamaroneckchamberofcommerce.org or by calling 914-698-4400. The chamber is also raffling off a basket of wines at $5 per chance, Morgan said.
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