When the opened up it's courtyard to local residents 10 years ago for the first Taste of Southington, the goal was simply to showcase the museum and offer affordable entertainment for the community.
Museum Curator Marie Secondo never imagined it would grow into the popular town-wide event it is today.
Hundreds flocked to the grounds of the Barnes Museum Wednesday evening to taste the fares of 12 local restaurants, including four new local options that opened their doors within the past year.
"It's amazing to see what this has become. We had people lining up to come in already at 3:30 p.m.," Secondo said. "This is the largest event we've had in the last seven years and I don't think it could get any bigger."
The event drew people from throughout town and even former residents as they came together to see what the town's top chefs had to offer.
Helen Swanson, a Plainville resident who attended with Southington resident Sandy Carr, said she was impressed by both the diverse selection and festive nature of the event.
"It's a lot of fun, I'd recommend everyone come to this next year," she said.
Miss the Taste of Southington? Be sure to check out the restaurants involved in this years event: