Harvest Moon brings full weekend of activities to downtown Farmington

Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Kate Knight’s second Harvest Moon celebration has gone a bit more smoothly than her first.

Knight, who was just a few weeks into her job at this time last year, found herself in Argentina the week before the event, stranded by a hurricane. “So it feels like a much different tempo this year,” she said.

Held September 20-22 at the Walter E. Sudquist Pavilion and Riley Park in downtown Farmington, Harvest Moon offers two nights of local food, beer and wine tasting, and music, plus the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market Harvest Market on Saturday.

The fun starts on Thursday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., with local food trucks including Rolling Stoves, Pietrzyk Pierogi, and Cinnful Snacks. Northville Folk returns; Knight said the group was very popular last year.

Friday’s Harvest Moon Dance will feature music by Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff. Knight said this year’s Taste of Downtown Farmington will include samplings from Samurai Sushi & Steakhouse, which is slated to open later this year on Grand River east of Grove Street. Other local participants include The Cheese Lady, Basement Burger Bar, Dagwood’s Deli, John Cowley & Sons, and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

On both nights, servers will be pouring more than 50 artisan brews and more than 30 wines from around the world. Knight said wine tasting has returned because of feedback from last year’s event.

The $6 advance tickets are on sale now. In addition to purchasing at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, The Vines Flower and Garden Shop, Merle Norman Downtown Farmington, John Cowley & Sons, and Meadows Fine Wine & Liquor, attendees can purchase online at getlocalhop.com. The Thursday and Friday events are open only to those 21 and older.

Saturday starts with flap jacks at the Farmington Area Jaycees Annual Pancake Breakfast in Riley Park from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Their menu includes a gluten-free option, and tickets are $5 (kids eat free).

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market annual Harvest Market, open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., offers the best Michigan products and produce, music by The Potters Field, Detroit Parade Co. Big Heads, and a special Koalabotz STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) activity.

Learn more about Harvest Moon at downtownfarmington.org or on Facebook.