Celebrate Hope and Main’s Makers with the Schoolyard Twilight Party

The family-friendly bash of the summer will include food, drinks, games and bands.

A Hope and Main spread.

Get ready for the family-friendly bash of the summer, complete with food, drinks, games and bands! Bring the whole gang to Hope and Main in Warren for the Schoolyard Twilight Party on Sunday, August 12 at 5 p.m. The party is a celebration of Hope and Main’s locally based food and beverage companies, and proceeds will help support the food incubator’s mission to help them grow and succeed.

A sweet and savory small bites menu will be prepared by more than twenty-five local chefs, restaurants, food trucks and food producers, including many of Hope and Main’s own businesses and the producers and restaurants that support them. Some of the treats guests can expect to eat include mini liege waffles, hot Nashville chicken sliders, a raw bar and Ellie’s Bakery’s famous macaron ice cream sandwiches by Melissa Denmark and team. Chomp Kitchen and Drinks from Warren and Nick Rabar from Avenue N in Rumford will be cooking up fan-favorite dishes from their restaurants amped up with Hope and Main-made sauces and other ingredients.

The Schoolyard Twilight Party is meant to celebrate the success of so many local food businesses that have launched out of Hope and Main. “Food is increasingly a driver of economic development and a way to distinguish the unique culture of our state,” says Hope and Main founder, Lisa Raiola, in a press release. “We are celebrating the hard-working entrepreneurs, chefs and food producers who are making this happen. In fact, this year’s fundraiser places them front and center creating and serving a signature Hope and Main-inspired menu. This is a great opportunity to meet our makers and support their aspirations.”

Adult tickets include a complimentary beverage at the Horizon Beverage-sponsored bar. Guests can choose from local beer, wine and specialty cocktails that highlight Hope and Main graduates Bootblack Brand cocktail syrups and shrubs by Anna’s Kitchen. The bar will also pour nitro flash brewed tea by Leafy Green, a coffee cocktail featuring Borealis Coffee, local sodas by Tito’s Brands and slushies expertly formulated by the US-based team of Switzerland’s Jungbunzlauer which utilizes Hope and Main’s commercial kitchens for research.

Schoolyard Market

The Schoolyard Market at Hope and Main. Photo from Hope and Main’s Facebook page.

Kids and adults will be able to play games appropriate for all ages and there will be a “Chopped” cooking challenge hosted by Made By Me Cooking School. Parents may register their children for participation at check in at no additional cost. There will also be live entertainment from Czesare Santana playing Latin alternative folk and folk/bluegrass from the band Hollow Turtle, followed by the renowned tunes of Otis Read.

Tickets are $35 for adults (advance); $45 (day-of). Children younger than twelve are $10. One complimentary drink ticket is included with all adult tickets. Find more information and get tickets at makefoodyourbusiness.org/twilightparty or purchase tickets at Hope and Main’s weekly farmers market, Schoolyard Market, on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 691 Main St. in Warren.



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