More than 10 local vendors, including Abbott’s Grill, Dolce Café and Dogfish Head Brewery, will come together the evening on Sunday evening to provide a three-course meal with a rustic feel in a rural downtown setting during Downtown Milford Inc.’s Eat in the Street event this weekend.
With a backdrop of local businesses and historic buildings, 100 locals will participate in a community meal right in the middle of South Walnut Street during Downtown Milford Inc.’s Eat in the Street event this weekend.
More than 10 local vendors, including Abbott’s Grill, Dolce Café and Dogfish Head Brewery, will come together the evening on Sunday evening to provide a three-course meal with a rustic feel in a rural downtown setting.
“It’s like sitting down for Sunday dinner in the street with all of Milford,” said Event Chairwoman SaraKate Hammer. “I’m excited to bring something to Milford that’s usually at a more exotic location.”
Seating for the event was limited to 100 people and tickets, priced at $50 each, sold out nearly two weeks before the event date.
Approximately 40 local volunteers, including members of the Milford High School Honors Society, will assist in preparation and service during the event, which is intended to not only promote downtown Milford but to enhance a sense of community, Hammer said.
DMI Executive Director Lee Nelson said the sit-down, full-service event is a way to get all various pieces of the Milford community involved, from the farmers market vendors to local businesses.
“[Eat in the Street] adds to the sense of place. This is very much a home town, and it’s a river town, and we’re going to do [this event] right next to the Mispillion River. Most importantly, it continues to create a sense of place. It’s unique. Nothing like this has been done here before.”
Everything included in the event, from produce to decorations, will be local, Hammer said.
“We’re trying to bring as many different aspects of the community together as possible,” Hammer said. “It’s a great way to highlight all that Milford has to offer. Our goal as a nonprofit is to do community building around downtown.”
The menu will include items such as grilled bison sausage with braised red cabbage and bacon and apple beet horseradish, apple cider glazed pork loin with sweet potato puree and roasted corn relish, and other locally-prepared items, all of which will be paired with a beer from Dogfish Head Brewery.
Entertainment will be provided by a brass group from the Music School of Delaware, The Dystractions and the First State Academy of Dance.
The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Walnut Street. In case of rain, Eat in the Street will be held at the Milford Senior Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit Downtown Milford, Inc.
“Often times people feel that they have to travel far away to have this type of an experience,” Hammer said. “The Eat in the Street event is a way to showcase Milford’s culinary arts and chefs in one place, highlighting our beautiful downtown at the same time. We want this event to bring the greater Milford area together in downtown.”