ITHACA, NY –– The annual Ithaca apple harvest festival will be a little different this year –– spread over 6 days with limited vendor capacity, the festival will serve as a farmer’s market for local apple products instead. that of the popular festival which lasts all day become.
Ithaca city center will only welcome a few farmers and cider houses to show off their harvest in a socially distant and de-densified version of a farmers market and cider track taking place in towns and shops. and downtown restaurants.
“We can’t do it like we normally would and would like this year, but it would be good for now and then hopefully next year we come back bigger and better than ever,” said Scott Rougeau, Director of Special Events for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
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The DIA caps the number of suppliers at 6 per day, all confined to Bank Alley where the Bernie Milton pavilion is located.
“All booths will not be larger than 10 feet by 10 feet under a tent, and all products and offers will be contained in this space. Those attending will not be able, as in the past, to sort this year. due to state COVID-19 regulations, the vendors themselves will wrap your bag of apples and deliver it to you, ”Rougeau said.
In addition, disinfectant and masks will be needed, and markers will be installed throughout the town to remind people of social distance. No more than fifty people will be able to attend the market at a time.
In addition to the market, shops and restaurants will also have apple and cider themed menus and produce for sale, all of which will feature on a new “Cider Trail Passport”.
As part of the Apple and Cider Trail, participants buy bottles of cider and apple products in downtown stores and enjoy a cider or apple-inspired dish at many restaurants in the center. -city. For more information and to check which vendors will be at the market on which days, visit centre-villeithaca.com or the event’s Facebook page.
The festival will run from September 28 to October 4 from noon to 4 p.m., with the market starting Tuesday.
“We tried to stretch it as much as possible, from a daytime point of view, but again we still have somewhat limited participation hours to avoid like any big race on the weekend,” said Rougeau . “We always try to celebrate the seasons and activate the downtown spaces as best we can. But obviously everyone’s safety comes first.”