Rotary Club to host first food fest downtown

WESTFIELD – The Rotary Club of Westfield is hosting its first food fest in downtown Westfield on Saturday, August 29 from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, August 30 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be no charge for admission to the event, which will take place on Elm Street, from Franklin to School Street, which will be closed to traffic.
Some of the vendors and participants include Moolicious, Big Y, Ed’s French Fries, Mo’s Donuts, the Bistro Bus, Pasquale’s, Caricatures by Alex R. Hughes, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. The Westfield Rotary Club will be selling adult beverages for the 21+ guests, and WSKB 89.5 will be broadcasting live.
Entertainment will be provided by local musical acts on a stage set up in the empty parking lot, that was formerly Newberry’s. Bands will include the Charlie Galvin Band, Deirdre Reilly, Blue Devil Bluez, Harry Rock, Marion Dunk and Performance Music.
The entertainment schedule, which is subject to change, is as follows:
Saturday, August 29: noon – Deuce and a Quarter, 1 p.m. – Marion Dunk and Chip, 3 p.m. – Tony Polo and Company, 4 p.m. – Breakdown Lane, 5 p.m. – Harry Rock, 5:30 p.m. – Blue Devil Bluez, and 7 p.m. – Harry Rock.
Sunday, August 30: noon – Performance Music, 1:30 p.m. – Old Country Road, 3 p.m. – Deirdre Reilly, and 4:30 p.m. – Charlie Galvin Band. The schedule is also listed online at
There will also be tents for people to sit down, enjoy their food and listen to the music, according to Jennifer Gruszka, Rotary Club President. Gruszka, who is a Development Assistant for Noble Visiting Nurses & Hospice, took office for the one-year term on July 1.
“We just wanted a fun and exciting and family-friendly event for Westfield,” Gruszka said. She added that the event is designed to showcase local businesses, as well as the downtown area.
The event is being sponsored by Westfield Bank, Forish Construction, Elm Electrical, Savage Arms, Commercial Distributing, Jerome’s Party Plus/Taylor Rental, and Westfield Gas & Electric.
The Rotary Club of Westfield is a service organization with the motto of “Service Above Self.” The Club meets every Monday at the Genesis Spiritual Center, located at 53 Mill Street in Westfield. New members are welcome.
Proceeds from the food fest will be used by the Westfield Rotary Club in the form of grants and service projects to promote Rotary International’s Six Areas of Focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.
For more information about the food fest or the Rotary Club, go to or contact Jennifer Gruszka, Club President, at [email protected] or 413-265-1236.

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