Every year, the second Thursday in June brings Middletown's greatest early summer gustatory bliss (just my opinion), in the form of the Third Congregational Church's Strawberry Shortcake Festival, in Westfield.
11AM until they're all eaten (about 4PM)
Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner Street
This Festival is one of my family's most treasured events all year long. The church serves enormous mounds of biscuit, strawberries, and real whipped cream. A large plate costs $6.50 and a small one $4.50 (large really does mean LARGE, beware).
Everything is always from scratch with these shortcakes. The Ladies Auxiliary bakes all day Wednesday in preparation, and has been whipping real cream today to serve with the strawberries.
(The picture is from last year, I will be sure to post a report about this year's version. The life of your dedicated strawberry shortcake correspondent is a hard one.)