First Midd Summer Fest a big success

— An estimated 1,700 people flooded downtown Middlebury on Aug. 6 for the Better Middlebury Partnership’s first Midd Summer Festival— meeting, if not exceeding, the committee's projections.

“I could not be happier with the results from the First Annual Midd Summer Festival,” said Bryan Phelps of Noonie Deli, the festival committee chairman. “It was great to see the concept come to fruition through the hard work and dedication of the volunteer committee that spent countless hours on the marketing, planning and execution of the event.”

Over 40 vendors were represented at the event.

Breweries, vineyards, cider and cheese makers provided festival attendees with samples of their outstanding products. There were also other Vermont producers— such local meat producers, chocolate producers and American Flatbread—present to compliment the headlining offerings.

“We were extremely pleased that the event attracted visitors to Middlebury from throughout Vermont and beyond,” said Phelps. “We are also excited that the event provided much needed funding to three great non-profits.”

The event raised over $1,200 for both the Vermont Food Bank and the Addison County Firefighters Association and netted over $12,000 for the Better Middlebury Partnership — allowing the organization to continue its mission to make Middlebury a better place to live, work, play and do business.

“It is important to note that the business community was instrumental in providing the support through sponsorship dollars and in-kind donations that made the event financially possible,” said Phelps.

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