A new year means new opportunities to explore Main Street. Local farmers markets, bar crawls, parades and art festivals make the community more vibrant and more connected. By supporting these events in your community, you give local businesses the boost they need to keep the community prosperous and exciting. This month, head downtown to start your new year the local way.
Downtown Bend Ski Scavenger Hunt
January 7 – February 7, 2019
After the busy holiday season, many people tend to stay inside during the calmer and chillier January. With the Downtown Bend Ski Scavenger Hunt, the Downtown Bend Business Association hopes to bring people downtown to experience local businesses and local fun even during the slow month. Throughout the month-long scavenger hunt, participating downtown businesses will have a ski figurine hidden somewhere in their stores. Participants can pick up a passport to help them identify all the figurines and share their photos on social media for a chance to be featured on the Downtown Bend social media pages. Learn more about this family-friendly event at www.downtownbend.org or on Facebook. TJ
Taps and Tapas
January 12, 2019
Purchase a wristband in advance to experience local brews and complimentary snacks during the inaugural Taps and Tapas event in downtown Houston. The part-food, part-beer crawl will celebrate Houston’s food and craft brewing cultures. The event is organized by Downtownfest Houston, an organization of local businesses and community members dedicated to highlighting Houston as an entertainment destination. More information is available on the group’s Facebook event.
Fermented Food Fair
January 18-19, 2019
In the agricultural communities of Vermont, winter is the time to appreciate all the ways to preserve food. The Fermented Food Fair will celebrate pickles, sauces, krauts, cultures and more. Visit this event to sample local kombucha, kimchi, salsa, sriracha, pickles and preserves. It’s the perfect winter complement to the town’s summer celebration of farmers and their cows. Find out more from www.strollingoftheheifers.com.
Taste of Tigerton Soup & Cookie Contest
January 19, 2019
What could be better than the comfort of warm soup and a fresh-baked cookie on a cold winter day? This annual Tigerton cook-off highlights the ultimate winter comfort foods in a family-friendly competition open to all ages. Anyone can bring their signature soup, stew, chili or cookies to participate. A panel of judges will give the official results, but members of the public can stop by for all-you-can-eat soup and cookies. More information is available at www.tigertonmainstreet.org or on Facebook.
Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow
January 19, 2019
Organized by the Virginia Distillers Association, the Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow travels the state to introduce residents and visitors to locally produced liquors from across the state. This month, the traveling spirits festival will stop in Roanoke, where guests can sample spirits from Manassas, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and more. The event also features Virginia breweries. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door, and designated drivers get in for free. For more information or to find another stop on the traveling roadshow, visit www.virginiaspirits.org.
To find other Main Street events near you, check with your local chamber of commerce, downtown business association or Local First program. Check back with Independent We Stand each month for new Main Street events to add to your calendar.