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Millerton Food Festival promises a village-wide feast Sept. 18

MILLERTON — Come Saturday, Sept. 18, area residents and visitors are invited to bring their appetites to the village of Millerton where they can satisfy their hunger with an all-day, village-wide food festival.

Organized by the Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) and spearheaded by Main Street Magazine, the first-ever Millerton Food Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., coinciding with the hours of operations for many of the village’s businesses. 

Throughout the day, festival-goers are guaranteed to discover culinary treats while having a blast at every corner of the village, whether they want to decorate cookies at the Irondale Schoolhouse; dine on barbecue on the lawn of The Millerton Inn; savor a potluck among friends at the North East Community Center; check out the slew of activities featured at North East Ford or the expanded food offerings at the Millerton Farmers Market; or even see what their favorite local eateries have available. 

A complete list of participating festival vendors can be found online at www.millertonnewyork.com as well as a description of what kind of tempting fare each vendor will be offering.

Along with sinking their teeth into the sweet, the savory, the salty and the specials offered by the village’s eateries and festival vendors, those who attend this inaugural festival will have the chance to expand their palates at the wine tastings hosted by Trotta’s Liquors and Millerton Wine & Spirits. 

Live bands will perform around town to provide a musical score for what organizers hope will evolve into an annual event for the village.

From the moment she first approached the MBA about the possibility of holding a food festival, Main Street Magazine  founder, editor and owner Thorunn Kristjansdottir said Millerton’s merchants were completely supportive.

“Everyone’s very positive and excited to do this,” she said, “and any excuse to bring people together, I think that’s the fabric of this community.”

Along with highlighting all of the food and drink establishments in town — or all of the “Millertoncentric” folks — Kristjansdottir grew excited in talking about how the Millerton Food Festival will highlight the outside food vendors coming into the village, including Lemongrass Grill, Momma Lo’s BBQ, Cosmic Donuts and others. 

Information about where to spot these vendors on the day of the festival can be found online at www.millertonnewyork.com.

Through every step of planning the festival, Kristjansdottir said everyone involved in the process has been so supportive and excited, from the participating vendors to the retail shops that will be putting out tables and chairs to encourage folks to roam around the village while nibbling on some newly discovered culinary delights. 

As far as organizers’ expectations for this year’s festival are concerned, Kristjansdottir said they hope people enjoy themselves thoroughly on Sept. 18. She’s also hoping there’s enough excitement and enthusiasm carried over into next year for the MBA to make the Millerton Food Festival an annual event. And she’s thinking big. Who knows, she said, if all goes well this weekend and if the coronavirus is hopefully on it’s way out, possibly the MBA can even make next year’s Millerton event a larger festival.

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