Gastronomic delicacies and taste sensations will abound.

Foods to pleasure the palate will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 8, when the fourth annual Taste of New Milford is held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the village center.

Under three tents on the Village Green, the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce event will offer samplings of house specialties prepared by 24 local restaurants and caterers.

"We want to bring people out, to let them have the opportunity to try dishes from those restaurants they may have driven past," said said Richard Herrington of sponsor Nicholas Tobin Insurance, "and wondered about but have not stopped in yet."

"People love it when the chef comes out of the kitchen and they have a chance to talk to him or her," said Jeff Kilberg, who is organizing the event with Mr. Herrington. "The Taste offers people that chance."

Adrienne Sussman, owner and chef at Adrienne Fine Dining on Kent Road (Route 7 North), is bringing her culinary expertise to the Taste of New Milford.

She will prepare a dish from her spring menu, Lobster Risotto with asparagus and basil.

"I love doing this dish for events like the Taste," said Mrs. Sussman, who has cooked in five-star restaurants from Hawaii to Connecticut. "It's a very easy dish to make by order and people love it."

Adrienne opened 14 years ago in the house Mrs. Sussman "fell in love with" at 218 Kent Road and she has been offering dishes of "quality ingredients prepared simply" ever since.

"I buy the best quality and buy local when possible," she said. "The corn is from Larson's farm stand, tomatoes are from my garden. I do make my Pepper Crusted Venison with meat from Australia and my quail and pheasant dishes are prepared with birds from Vermont."

The layout of the Taste of New Milford has been improved over previous years, Mr. Herrington said.

"It will be very roomy, for an easy flow of people from tent to tent," he said. "There will be no huge lines. We're encouraging people to bring picnic blankets and sit on the Green and enjoy the live music by the band, Curtis T."

Merchants will keep village center stores open late, with wine tastings and specials offered in some.

Tickets for the Taste of New Milford are $10 per person, with children under age 8 entering free.