MORRIS — Amid a delightful early Fall Sunday, the third Savor Litchfield event was jointly hosted by Litchfield Magazine, townvibe and SouthFarms in Morris. The crowd was estimated to be between 550-600, including vendors and volunteers held at a SouthFarms in Morris on Sept. 8. All three entities were thrilled with the attendance, who free-ranged through the White Barn, then ate and drank their way through the courtyard. The popular local band Switch Factory provided musical accompaniment and Art Room Atelier in Bantam offered artsy fun for the kids.
Rose Buckens of Little Free Library at Stonehill surrounded the gazebo with haybales for children to sit on while reading or listening to their new favorite book, and encouraged all to take a free book, including many cookbooks brought especially for the event.
Audi Danbury provided the Foodie Ferry to chauffeur attendees from the high field parking area to the main barn, and attendees may have brushed this off on entry, but many, after eating and imbibing, were grateful for the lift. Those who chose to walk the short distance on the dirt road, bemused the belted Galloway cattle watching from their pasture. In addition to being a premier rustic venue, SouthFarms is very much a working farm.
Among the libations available at several tables was a cinnamon cider bourbon cocktail served by Jack Baker, co-owner of Litchfield Distillery, who was bartending for the afternoon, and selections from Mine Hill Distillery in Roxbury, its first appearance at the event. The late summer weather created the perfect setting for the hundreds of attendees to sample as many of the delectable offerings as they wished and many took advantage to sit comfortably on a beach blanket with their children.
Litchfield Magazine editor Mary Beth Lawlor noted that in addition to the booths of top-rated restaurants, caterers, distilleries and vintners, a table featuring a varied choice of donated items was offered for a raffle. All proceeds of the drawing benefited the event’s charity partner, FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity) in Torrington.