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A FEAST that’s fit for a strong community

 

The Festival Engaging Agriculture Sustainability To The Table (FEAST) filled Main Street in downtown Merced with hungry residents last Thursday evening.

Created through a partnership between the Merced Certified Farmers Market, California Women for Agriculture, Merced College, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Merced Main Street Association, the dinner event focuses on locally produced food from farms throughout Merced County by bringing together local area celebrity chefs to highlight the diverse dishes unique to the Central Valley region.

During the event, farmers Maxwell and Diane Norton were honored for their agricultural contributions to the local region.

Following the FEAST event, the celebration continued with a Friday evening concert in Bob Hart Square featuring local reggae band Crashboat.

As music filled the streets of downtown Merced, residents found their way to the free concert with blankets and chairs in tow as they claimed a coveted spot on the grass for the evening.

Free concert in Bob Hart Square draws downtown crowds

 

Following the big FEAST event last Thursday, the celebration continued with a Friday evening concert in Bob Hart Square featuring local reggae band Crashboat.

As music filled the streets of downtown Merced, residents found their way to the free concert with blankets and chairs in tow as many claimed a coveted spot on the grass for the evening.

It was a great concert for the traditional gathering place in the middle of Merced’s Downtown Entertainment District.

The event was sponsored by the Merced Main Street Association.

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