NEW BEDFORD — The forecast rain held off and the sun was shining Sunday afternoon as people drank beer, played cornhole and listened to the band Rewind That play Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.”
There was a solid turnout for the 12th annual Taste of SouthCoast on Pier 3, but the previous weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms didn’t help, said Tim Murray, president of The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.
Participants got to vote on best food, desserts and table presentation of the event from 20 local restaurants showcasing their best sweet and savory treats.
Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant of Wareham took first place for best food while DNB Burgers and Carmine’s Italian Ristorante, both of New Bedford, won second and third place, respectively.
The Baker of downtown New Bedford won first place for best dessert. The Donut Factory of New Bedford won second place and Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates of Fairhaven won third place.
For best table presentation, The Donut Factory won first place, The Baker came in second and Fay’s Restaurant of Dartmouth won third place.
“The more impact we can make at an event, the more we can do for the community,” Murray said.
Also at Sunday’s event, $22,000 in scholarships were awarded to local students students as they further their education.
— Aimee Chiavaroli