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September 25, 2013

Beer, wine and more on tap for Harvest Moon Celebration

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By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Beer, wine and more on tap for Harvest Moon Celebration
Dylan Barrow, left, and Nia Barrow, of Farmington, search for prizes in the hay during a 2011 Harvest Moon Celebration.

FARMINGTON — The flowing beer and wine will be just as much a part of the Sept. 26-28 Farmington Harvest Moon Celebration as the crisp air and changing leaves.

The ninth annual Harvest Moon celebration, held at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion, 33113 Grand River Ave., will feature the fourth annual beer and wine tasting event 6-11 p.m. Sept. 26.

The Harvest Moon beer and wine tasting will offer a selection of 50-70 handpicked crafted beers and wines from the Great Lakes region and around the world, according to a city press release.

Downtown Development Authority President Melissa Andrade said the Harvest Moon Celebration is well liked by attendees.  

“I feel like this year it is going to be a cool, enchanting night,” Andrade said. “In my opinion, this is our community’s favorite event because it is a really happy, cool, crisp evening. Everybody loves fall.”

The Farmington Harvest Moon Celebration will also feature the Harvest Moon Dance, which will kick-start the fall season 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 27, according to a city press release.

This year’s dance will feature the music of The Pheonix Theory, a Detroit cover band featuring members from Fifty Amp Fuse, Scoot Magoo and Mitch Ryder. 

The dance will also feature tastes from local restaurants.

Downtown Development Authority Events Planner Janet Bloom said the Harvest Moon Celebration “embodies what local Michiganders love … life in a small town on a Michigan fall day.” 

“Nothing beats it,” she said. “Each day of the event holds something different and special from the next.”

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28, attendees can participate in Harvest Day, a family day at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, which includes free activities for children.

“I’d like them to remember Farmington for what it is: (an) enchanting, caring community,” Andrade said.

Tickets for the Harvest Moon Celebration are on sale at the Farmington Farmers & Artisan Market on Saturdays, as well as Meadows Fine Wine and Liquor, 21099 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills; The Vines Flower & Garden Shop, 33245 Grand River Ave. in Farmington; and the Farmington Downtown Development Authority office.

Entrance to the beer and wine tasting event is for people 21 or older.

For more information, visit www.DowntownFarmington.org.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.