Milford’s Eat in the Street Puts Twist on Community Dinner
Hundreds enjoyed culinary arts in the streets of Milford during the town’s annual fundraiser.
The fourth annual Eat in the Street took place on Sunday, Sept. 18, offering a four course meal, live entertainment and community fun.
The event kicked off in the late afternoon with appetizers in the park, followed by a multi-course, sit down dinner. The streets of downtown Milford were blocked off to local dance companies and musicians during the event.
Sarah Kate Hammer, chairperson for Eat in the Street, says Downtown Milford, Inc. cherry picked the event from a similar festival in Tennessee, after seeing it featured in a magazine. At the time, DMI was looking to put on a fundraiser that would highlight downtown Milford’s culinary and visual arts.
“We have a lot of great culinary artists in the area so we can create a new experience every year,” Hammer says. “The event is special because of the unique partnerships with people who come and participate.”
Abbott’s Grill & Bald Jason’s Pub, Arena’s Milford, Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, and Mispillion River Brewing were among the many vendors present at this years event. In addition to food vendors, Fancy That helped design the event and Petite Sweets sent the crowd home with cake pops. Second Street Theatre let the crowds hang on their lawn and Milford Senior Center lent a helping hand.
According to Hammer, the event continues to grow years after year. At its inception, the streets of downtown Milford filled up with about 100 diners and this years event sold out with 130 diners.
“It’s really fun, I remember thinking the first year we did it, I cant believe we pulled it off,” Hammer laughs. “It’s fun to see a lot of different people from the community come together, it’s like having a big Sunday dinner with the community—meals are very connecting experiences.”
Eat in the Street is DMI’s only direct fundraiser for the year which helps cover programming and operational costs. To learn more about DMI, visit downtownmilford.org.