WILLIAMSTOWN -- In an effort to get the Williams College class of 2017 acquainted with their local surroundings, the Office of Student Life and local Spring Street merchants came together to create the Spring Street Food Fair.
As a part of Williams College First Days, nearly three hundred first-year students filled Spring Street last Thursday to take part in sampling foods from participating restaurants and visit shops. Students were given the equivalent of $12 in "Williams Bucks" to spend.
Each participating restaurant created samplings that ranged in cost from $1-3 for the students to purchase. The restaurants were then able to cash in their "Williams Bucks" for real cash. The event generated over $3,300 for the Spring Street restaurants.
Participating restaurants included Sushi Thai Garden, Spice Root, Tony’s Sombrero, Sweets and Beans, Hops and Vines, The Purple Pub, Lickety Split, Papa Charlie’s, Images Cinema Concession, Subway and Tunnel City.
Non-restaurant merchants also took part in the event. The following merchants were open and offering fun flair and discounts for students: Harts’, School for Style, Ruby Sparks, Goff’s, Where’d You Get That!?, Clips and Cutz, Nature’s Closet and Mass MoCA by Design.
The event was deemed a success for getting the freshmen onto the street and familiar with what is available so close to campus and also generating dollars for the local restaurants.