Bloomfield, NJ Final preparations are being made for Bloomfields annual Harvest Fest scheduled for Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th from 11 AM 6 PM. Now in its 24th year, the event is a community celebration bringing thousands of people together for food, music, and family fun. It is presented by the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA), the nonprofit organization that manages the townships special improvement district. One of its objectives is to organize events like Harvest Fest to help promote the downtowns continuing revitalization market it as a viable destination for residents, shoppers, and investors to consider.
In describing the event, BCA Director Ollyn J. Lettman states, We are very pleased with the lineup of over a hundred vendors joining us this year, along with local nonprofit organizations that will be sharing important information. As always, attendees will be treated to two days of live entertainment on our main stage and families can enjoy various carnival attractions located on the Green. New this year will be a Harvest Beer Garden, which will be set up alongside one of the two food court areas on Broad Street.
Referencing what else will be new this year, Mr. Lettman points out, There will be a number of new vendors joining the event for the first time, including Bloomfield Center businesses who recently joined the downtown community. We also made every effort to identify and recruit more artists and craft vendors this year who would further add to the variety of unique gift items and collectibles available in our mile long marketplace.
As the townships biggest festival, several thousand people are expected to attend. Mr. Lettman feels its timing is perfect in that, Bloomfield Center continues to show signs of progress, including recently completed streetscape improvements, beautification efforts, and new businesses and development projects. It is exciting to report that many of these new entities will be on hand that weekend to introduce themselves and engage the community. We hope everyone who joins us that weekend will see all that is new and different and come away impressed with the ongoing revitalization of our downtown.
As always, Harvest Fest is made possible thanks to the generous financial support and assistance from corporate sponsors and community partners. This year they include: Brookdale ShopRite (Official), Glenwood Village (Supporting), Investors Bank (Stage), Avalon @ Bloomfield Station, Bloomfield College, Jacks Super Foodtown, PNC Bank, Provident Bank, Reliant Credit Repair, The Green at Bloomfield, and Buy Rite Liquors. In addition, the BCA would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of the Township and Bloomfield Parking Authority.
The rain or shine event is free to attend. There will also be free parking in all of the municipal lots located in and around Bloomfield Center.