At least 900 attend largest Taste of Nashoba to date, award winners announced

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GROTON — A feast for the senses, the Fifth Annual Taste of Nashoba surpassed expectations again this year.

With 33 vendors, the 923 arriving guests were greeted at Lawrence Academy, on March 28, with a spectacular feast for both the eye and the palate that invited exploration from table to table. Frequent detours became necessary, however, due to tempting aromas or a special treat just too good to pass by.

Neighbors and friends enjoyed a casual evening chatting, sampling and admiring the considerable culinary talent present in our small valley. A new and popular addition this year was Taste Spotlight, two scheduled presentations where guests could sit down and learn from the masters.

Alycia Fenner, clinical nutrition manager for Nashoba Valley Medical Center, discussed a Mediterranean diet, while Levent Bozkurt, of The Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro, and Chef Jay Murray, of Grill 23 in Boston, reviewed pairing wine and food.

This year the award recipients were:

Best Presentation: Nancy’s Airfield Caf , of Stow.

Best Beverage: Wachusett Brewing Co., of Westminster, for its Blueberry Ale.

Best Appetizer: Main Street Caf , of Groton.

Best Dessert: Crumpets, of Pepperell.

Finally, the big winner for the evening was the Devens Grill, of Devens, winning for the Best Entr e for its Devens Chicken — a delicious mix of chicken, tomatoes and garlic.

Once again, Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteered to staff the coat check. With such a great venue and fabulous fare everyone left inspired, full and armed with a list of places to visit over the next few months. Next year we hope to break the 1,000 mark.

For information visit www.nvcoc.com.