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Fresh Take on Outdoor Markets to Energize Downtown Hartford this Autumn

Posted By: Danielle C

Published 10/02/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 10/02/2012 02:21 PM

A mix of food, music, entertainment, and shopping blend to create a refreshing and unique experience as the Hartford HodgePodge prepares to open this fall. The open-air market is the first of its kind in Downtown Hartford offering “Good Eats and Fresh Beats” on historic Pratt Street. Beginning Sunday, October 7th market-goers can partake in a rotating assortment of local vendors, artists, musicians, street performers and artisan food.

The Hartford HodgePodge is a free event series open to the public and runs every Sunday October 7th through November 18th, from 12:00p to 6:00p with Downtown restaurants offering various food and drink specials after each event.

The HodgePodge has already gained strong community support and is anticipated to become a permanent seasonal fixture in the urban community. “The Hartford HodgePodge is a manifestation of the widespread passion for revitalizing Downtown,” says TJ Clynch, President of Civic Mind Studios. “Downtown is an inspired community putting forth its greatest efforts to showcase the best qualities of the City through the local vendors and area events slated to join the HodgePodge.”

Parking is easy with free on street parking and also free at the City of Hartford MAT, Church, and Morgan Street garages, Premium parking adjacent to the market is available for $6 in the ProPark lot on the corner of Main Street and Asylum Street.

Get the latest updates at HartfordHodgePodge.com or Facebook.com/HartfordHodgePodge.

Hartford HodgePodge is accepting vendor applications. Visit HartfordHodgePodge.com/vendors or email Steph@CivicMindStudios.com for more information.

This event is being produced by Civic Mind Studios and the Hartford Business Improvement District. Additional support provided by The City of Hartford, MECA, Joseph Merritt & Company, ProPark, CT.com, Downtown Yoga, Business for Downtown Hartford and Radio 104.1 WMRQ.

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