On Sunday, September 20, Walnut Street in downtown Milford will once again light up with an evening of local cuisine, drinks and merriment when Downtown Milford Inc. hosts Eat in the Street. 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 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 second Eat In The Street allowed participants to experience Milford’s visual, performing and culinary arts scene.
“The event continues to be a success because it offers something unique and different to experience in our downtown,” said Hammer. “Everything is locally sourced. The food is excellent, the entertainment is phenomenal and our downtown is gorgeous. The volunteers that work on the event bring together all these great pieces to create a successful event.”
The event’s menu has been designed by chefs and restaurant owners such as Kevin Reading of Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s Deli, Lula-Bee’s Cupcakery, Fortunata’s Bakery and more. Vendors from Milford’s Riverwalk Farmers Market will supply the local produce for appetizers, entrees and desserts. Wine and beer pairings by Mispillion River Brewing and others. A limit of 125 participants will enjoy a four-course meal and entertainment in a sit down dining atmosphere created right down the center of Walnut Street.
In addition to highlighting Milford’s culinary arts, the event will showcase the performing and visual arts in downtown Milford. Faculty from the Music School of Delaware and Matt Lafferty and friends will also entertain the crowds, with additional performances by other surprise local artists to be announced. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Milford Senior Center, an event sponsor.
“Eat In The Street helps to create a sense of place for downtown that is unique and interesting; a place where fun and cool things happen all year long,” said Hammer. “The event helps highlight our culinary artists, our farmers market and our downtown businesses. Eat In The Street is a fundraiser for DMI and funds raised are being put right back into downtown economic development and design to keep our downtown growing.”
Tickets are priced at $75 per person and can be purchased at the Riverwalk Farmers Market, located on Walnut street in downtown Milford, on Saturdays until tickets are sold. Tickets can only be purchased with cash or check made payable to ‘Downtown Milford, Inc.’ The Eat in the Street event is sponsored by M.R. Designs, Bella Terra Landscaping, All-Span, Milford LIVE and Growmark. For more information or to volunteer, individuals are encouraged to call (302) 839-1180 or (302) 930-0955. or e-mail Lee Nelson at Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http://downtownmilford.org.