Food, beverages and music return to Hill for fifth annual Dabble

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 24, 2017

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Craft beverages and live music will again be on the menu for the annual summer Dabble in the Farms, which will take place on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms starting at 6 p.m. June 17.

The popular event — which has always included a nonprofit component — will feature local food trucks along with craft beer, wine and cocktails; because of the latter, these events are only open to those ages 21 and older. This year, musicians performing include the 1980s tribute band Square Pegz, as well as Yorg and Christina Criss.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the first Dabble in the Farms, said Liquid Events Detroit owner Jason Dritsan, one of the producers of the event.

“Once again, we will be hosting it in the municipal parking lot,” he said of Dabble, which will be staged in the large, city-owned parking lot behind Rite Aid, The Hill Seafood and Chop House, and other businesses in the Kercheval Avenue district. Dritsan said the setup this year will be the same as it was last year.

The nonprofit Camp Casey — which provides horseback rides to children with cancer — was Dabble’s first charity partner five years ago, and organizers have decided to “come back full circle” this year and work with them again, Dritsan said.

“We think this is a great charity,” he said. “They support families in this community and on the east side.”

Dritsan said Dabble has “the full support of the Hill Association” and has helped introduce its patrons to the Farms’ business district.

“We think this is a great event,” he said. “It highlights the community at large.”

City Manager Shane Reeside said the agreement between the Farms and Dabble organizers features “the same conditions as applied to previous Dabble events,” including a hold-harmless agreement.

Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen, who has said in the past that the Dabble events have been well-run and haven’t created public safety problems, asked that the agreement between the city and the Dabble organizers once again “include overtime for a couple of my officers.” He also asked that the live music stages be positioned so that the sound is “directed away from the residents” who live adjacent to the municipal parking lot.

“We try to have a very safe event,” Dritsan said.

The Farms City Council voted unanimously April 10 in favor of allowing Dabble under conditions such as the aforementioned.

Dabble tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 on the day of the event. For more information about Dabble in the Farms, visit the Dabble Grosse Pointe page on Facebook.