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Monday, October 29, 2012

Harvest Fest 2012 Rocks The Armory!

Local lovers swarmed the Armory on Saturday night celebrating local businesses, brews, and music at the 4th annual Harvest Fest presented by Somerville Local First, held at the Armory and sponsored by Eastern Bank!

Nine breweries dragged kegs of their wonderful creations to compliment the offerings of 12 restaurants throughout both sessions of the event.

Rounding out the great time was music provided by Cask Mouse, DJ Nate Bluhm and Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, as well as, a fun costume contest, raffles and sales of Somerville Local First's brand new t-shirt exclaiming, "Local is for Lovers."

Equally as entertaining was the return of the live tweet listing that was displayed on a large screen behind the stage. Participants saw a constant flow of Twitter comments featuring the hashtag #HarvestFest2012. The topics ranged from Fred the Somerville Turkey to how great Daddy Jones Bar's Mac & Cheeses servings tasted!

Somerville Local First experienced huge pre-sale ticket earnings, as well as, a nice gain from walk-in party seekers. All in all, between 300-400 participants enjoyed each of the two sessions, giving the local loving organization an increase from last year's event as reported by the Executive Board of SLF.

The participating breweries included Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewing Company, Clown Shoes, John Havard’s Brewhouse, Mayflower, Naragansett, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Rapscallion, and the Somerville Brewing Company (aka Slumbrew).

The breweries were joined by 3 Little Figs, Arts at the Armory Cafe, City Chicks, Cuisine en Locale, Daddy Jones, Eat at Jumbos, Foundry / Saloon, The Independent, Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Pescatore, and PJ Ryans. Due to a power outage, True Grounds was not able to participate.

Somerville Local First sponsors local events and Chapter meetings for Union Square businesses that will, eventually, spread out to other business districts in the city. The organization is also connecting businesses with legislation that impacts them all while growing their already-gigantic base of local businesses.

Coming up next is the Local is for Lovers Holiday Market on December 2nd at the Armory. The event will run from 11am-5pm and will feature products from local artists.

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