Eastern Market Corp., the nonprofit organization that manages Eastern Market on behalf of the city of Detroit, will host an anniversary gala and public celebration this fall to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the market.
“Since 1891, Eastern market has been nourishing the community to support a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit,” says Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp. “While most metro Detroiters know about our spectacular Saturday Market, these celebratory events are a chance to spotlight our other programs, which improve the health of area residents and expand the local economy.”
The 125th Anniversary Gala, to be held on Sept. 30 in Eastern Market’s Shed 3, will feature a five-course menu created by local chefs Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard and Dave Mancini of Eastern Market’s Supino and La Rondinella. Mark Randisi and the Motor City Horns led by Hornist John Rutherford will provide entertainment for the evening.
Tickets for the gala range from $250 to $500, and are available online. Proceeds from the event will benefit the market’s mission to improve access to healthy and fresh food, support work to accelerate the development of food entrepreneurs, and enhance the market’s experience for shoppers.
The nonprofit group will also host a public anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the market’s DTE Energy Plaza, outside Shed 5 along Russell Street. The event will feature walking tours provided by the Detroit Experience Factory, a scavenger hunt ending at the market’s Welcome Center, and the Detroit Edison Public School Academy drum line, fire eaters, and stilt walkers.
Along with the events, Eastern Market Corp. is gathering at least 125 stories of how the market has played a role in the lives of shoppers, farmers, business owners, neighbors, community leaders, and Detroiters. The stories will be displayed over multiple platforms, and are being collected on the Eastern Market website.
For more information, visit easternmarket.com.