This was an unexpected dinner. We meant to visit Chester to simply people watch and wander the streets, but since there was space available at the River Tavern, we took it.
I haven’t had a good Halloween like this since I was a kid. Running out to the street only to see groups of people walking around seemed to be a long lost memory…well, that is until we visited Chester, CT for its annual “Halloween Pumpkin Festival and Parade.” You know, you read these descriptions on the town websites and never know what to expect. Usually in this area though, things are pretty good.
I’ll go through the events of the night – We arrived and parked on the side of the street. Whenever we visit Chester now, we come in the back way so we don’t have to drive through town. This is especially helpful if there is an event going on. No one really wants to drive ever so slowly through crowds of people. The road eventually gets closed off as well, so if you do attempt to drive through, you may end up having to turn around.
After we parked the car, we started walking toward the restaurants. I wasn’t aware that the galleries were going to be open and offering their usual wine. That was just a pleasant surprise. We visited those galleries after dinner. Anyway, as we continued our walk and after we arrived at the entrance of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, I started chatting with a woman. She told us about the crowds that would soon appear and that if we planned on eating dinner, we better go grab it then. I wasn’t planning on it, but once the thought of that dessert entered my mind, there was nothing that could stop me.
We made it to the River Tavern and were seated. To our surprise, there weren’t that many people there. That was very nice, I must say. Also, the wait staff was dressed up in Halloween costumes, so that added a little flavor.
Since we had only visited this restaurant once before and that was for lunch, we were handed a different menu. She ordered, I ordered and I put in the order for the dessert. You need to do that early so they can get it prepared. It’s no joke.
Dinner was great and so was the dessert. I was fearful that it wouldn’t be as good this time around, but I am happy to report that the only thing wrong with the dessert was that it wasn’t big enough. Next time, we each get one instead of sharing. That’s $24, but worth it.
After dinner, we walked around and I took a lot of pictures. I took some videos too, but I am only going to post one. The other one is pretty boring.
We also visited a few galleries and stores. During these types of events, they all open up and share their wine with us. It really is a good time.
In an effort to keep this short, I am going to stop there. I have a whole bunch of pictures to upload, so I don’t want to spend too much time writing. Peace.
Hay Ride – Chester, CT – Halloween Pumpkin Festival and Parade