Remember the Bite of Salem? Ya, thought so...well when I went to the Summer in the City event last Sunday I remember my group saying (multiple times) "its better than The Bite." I know I thought it too. Yes, Summer in the City Music and Wine Festival, brought to us by Go Downtown! Salem, had its flaws and about as big of a turn out as The Bite, but this event had something The Bite didn't, potential.
First, and probably the biggest plus, was the lack of fast food. Sure, they were frying up gigantic elephant ears in one tent, but the rest of the food tents were provided by local eateries. My dad and I indulged in the best possible combination of Adam's Ribs pulled pork sandwiches and Wandering Aengus draft cider (provided by SFNY). It was De-lic-ious! Other restaurants represented were La Margarita, Casey's Cafe, Alessandro's, SFNY, Little Cannoli, Browne's Towne Lounge, Coffee House Cafe, Grand Vines, Napoleon's, Hainan Orchid, and a few more. There were also a good number of wineries represented.
At times the caged areas seemed like ghost towns. I swear I saw some tumble weed early Saturday. You could tell the vendors were desperate for company too. Free water and pet supplies were abundant. I would like to commend the Go Down Town team for organizing such great music and some fun events. Its really too bad that the only draw for most Salemites was the evening music line up. With some adjustments, I think this could be a much needed summer event for Salem.