Market Square Farmers Market
The Market Square Farmers Market opens its 2014 season today in Downtown, offering locally grown produce, flowers, plants and small-batch prepared foods from more than 30 vendors. The market, which attracts as many as 5-10,000 visitors each week, will run every Thursday from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. between now and October 30.
In what’s becoming a Market Square tradition, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be on hand during the market’s first session of the year, giving away thousands of daffodil and tulip bulbs recycled from gardens the Conservancy maintains around the region. Bulbs will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
The farmers market will also host free, live entertainment each week. Tomorrow, local singer-songwriter Joel Lindsay will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For a complete list of vendors, see the market’s website.
Last fall, crowds braved driving rains to show up for Smorgasburgh, a pop-up food flea market featuring vendors like The Pop Stop, Zeke’s Coffee and Meat & Potatoes. This year, Smorgasburgh is being reincarnated as Cornucopious, and it will take place one Saturday each month between May and November.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the location. The first edition of Cornucopious will take place on Saturday, May 17 in the parking lot at 2304 Smallman Street, across from Marty’s Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There’s no cost to attend the event, and though it’s BYOB, one or two craft breweries will be on hand serving complimentary samples in a designated tasting tent. For updates on vendors, keep an eye on the Cornucopious Facebook page.
Sienna Mercato opens rooftop beer garden
Il Tetto, the second phase of Sienna Mercato’s three-story Downtown restaurant complex at 942 Penn Avenue, is now open on the building’s third floor.
In addition to boasting a 50-foot-long bar with 32 craft beers on draft, Il Tetto has a retractable roof which can open or close in about five minutes so that the space is usable in all weather conditions.
When the cocktail list debuts, it will be filled with classic favorites. Eventually, six of the beer garden’s draft lines will carry barreled cocktails straight to the taps.
The 100-seat venue also has a nice selection of small plates designed to pair well with the draft list.
Wigle Whiskey Garden opening
Wigle’s long-awaited North Side whiskey garden will open on May 30 with a celebratory barrel roll from its Strip District distillery to the new facility in Spring Garden, followed by a party like only Wigle can throw.
On top of two new signature cocktails, the party will include food from legendary North Side barbecue shop Wilson’s, music by City Dwelling Nature Seekers, lawn games and interactive whiskey history learning stations.
Tickets for the barrel roll and the grand opening party are available separately and through Wigle’s event page.