It’s finally feeling a little autumnal outside—what better way to celebrate than with Harvest Fest? This Saturday, October 17, Somerville Local First is bringing fall fun to the Armory with their annual celebration of the area’s independently owned businesses.
Somerville Local First is a nonprofit that works to support an economy that’s “local, sustainable and fair,” says board member Elyse Andrews. As the woman behind Somerville Beat, she’s been involved with Local First for years and says that the organization has been crucial in helping her find story ideas as well as connecting her with sponsors and advertisers in the area. “The biggest benefit [of being a Local First member] is being tapped into a big network of other local, independent businesses,” she adds.
Andrews and the rest of the Somerville Local First team work year-round to support the city’s small business community, but this is their yearly bash, a party honoring our locally owned retail outlets, nonprofits, restaurants, bars and even artists. “This is the big fundraiser that allows us to do our work—to make sure that Somerville’s economy is welcoming for independent businesses,” Andrews says. There will be raffles, games and activities—and of course, food from restaurants throughout the city including Cuisine en Locale, Brass Union and Olde Magoun’s Saloon. Craft beer from local favorites Aeronaut Brewing and Somerville Brewing Company will also be flowing, and the Somerville Ukulele Club and other area musicians will be providing the evening’s soundtrack.
For Andrews, the most thrilling thing about Harvest Fest is seeing community members from Somerville and elsewhere in Greater Boston coming together to show their support for the city’s small business community. “I just love looking out in the crowd and seeing all these amazing people gathered together to support a really great organization,” she says.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that has her excited about Saturday’s festival: “Personally, I’m also really looking forward to trying some of the food. And also some of the beers. And ciders.”