On Sunday, September 21 Downtown Milford Inc. will host their second annual Eat In The Street event, bringing together residents to share local food, libations and entertainment. Carrying on a new tradition, event goers will enjoy a farm-to-table dinner, literally on Walnut Street as tables and chairs span across the Mispillion River. Aimed at strengthening the community through highlighting what downtown Milford has to offer, the event will raise money for Downtown Milford Inc.
President of Downtown Milford Inc. SaraKate Hammer’s inspiration for this event came from an article she read online about the Jonesborough Farmers Market Farm To Table Dinner in Tennessee. The event was started by local restaurant owners Herman and Beverly Jenkins of Main Street Cafe after they saw an article in Outstanding in the Field that highlighted a traveling restaurant that prepared farm-to-table dinners outside in farmers’ fields. Jenkins imagined that dinner being held on Main Street in Jonesborough, providing a way to help support their downtown area and the local farmers market.
Hammer believes that last year’s inaugural event in Milford was a success by several measures. In addition to raising money for the organization that is aimed at economic development and tourism efforts in downtown Milford, the first Eat In The Street allowed participants to experience Milford’s visual, performing and culinary arts scene.
“As an attendee and organizer of last year’s event I was blown away by the sheer loveliness of the evening including the weather, food and entertainment,” said Hammer. “The farm-to-table dinner that showcased the local culinary arts made it uniquely Milford, having dinner with one hundred of your neighbors in downtown, the heart of our city, made it even more special.”
Last year’s dinner featured a five course meal as the main course featured slow-roasted pork loin with sweet potato and corn relish paired with Dogfish Head’s Punkin’ Beer. Although this year’s menu is still being prepared by Nancy Chirdon Forster of Verde Italian Cooking School in downtown Milford, it will feature courses from local restaurants including Abbott’s Grill, Dolce, Arena’s, Verde and Georgia House. Vendors from Milford’s Riverwalk Farmers Market will be asked to supply produce to prepare the food for the evening and Mispillion River Brewery will supply the libations to be paired with the menu.
In addition to highlighting Milford’s culinary arts, the event will showcase the performing and visual arts in downtown Milford. Although the organization is holding on close to details about this year’s entertainment, they are stating that there will be several local group performing throughout the evening. Last year’s entertainment included the Music School of Delaware’s First State Brass quartet, dancers from the First State Academy of Dance and local band Jason Beale & The Dystractions.
“It is enchanting to be in the heart of downtown having a family sit down dinner with friends. This event really highlights why Milford is a great place to live by showcasing our culinary, visual and performing arts,” commented Hammer. “It helps preserve the culture and that sense of place that is unique to Milford.”
Tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, August 9 at noon and can only be purchased at the Riverwalk Farmers Market, located on Walnut Street in downtown Milford. For more information on the event or how to become a sponsor, individuals are encouraged to contact Downtown Milford Inc. at 302-839-1180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.