For years the Westport Farmers’ Market has converted a non-descript parking lot at 50 Imperial Avenue into a weekly shopping extravaganza featuring local food and farmers, children’s, activities, music, and more. On Thursday evening, September 14th, the WFM will further transform that same lot into a not-to-be-missed “Party in the Parking Lot!” Just wait till you see the list of chefs!
Why a “Party in the Parking Lot!” you might ask? Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director and market manager of the WFM, explains: “The Westport Farmers’ Market is lucky to host our weekly market in the Imperial lot. This location we call home provides a welcoming space for shoppers, eaters and vendors alike. When we considered a location to host a party, it simply seemed logical to celebrate our home.”
Like so many other events sponsored by the WFM, the party on Thursday evening, the 14th, from 6:30 to 9, will be like no other. Guests will be welcomed with seasonal cocktails from Cask Republic and a host of chefs from favorite Fairfield County restaurants (to be revealed soon!) will serve specialties in a distinctively casual, family-style setting. Music will fill the late-summer air, and folks can take their chances with drawings that highlight items featuring dinners, music, travel, home goods, and lots of surprises.
The Party in the Parking Lot! will be this year’s largest fundraiser in support of the Westport Farmers’ Market, a 501c3 organization that reaches 30,000 eaters per year throughout Fairfield County. “This party is being held to support the efforts and mission of the Westport Farmers' Market,” says Cochran-Dougall. “Not only do we reach more than 30,000 eaters a year, the WFM operates eight educational and impactful programs that influences chefs, farmers, adults, and children through its commitment to the Westport and surrounding communities.”
Tickets for the event are $80 and will be on sale beginning August 28th. In the meantime, mark your calendars; this is one party you won’t want to miss!
“How many organizations do you know that can take an empty parking lot and turn it into a community hub with a quaint atmosphere once a week in a six-hour period of time?” asks Cochran-Dougall. “This party and fundraiser will reflect all that the WFM organization stands for by celebrating chef, farmers, eaters and one another. It’s going to be a hoot!”