By Rob Montana
TRUMANSBURG – Local residents will have extra incentive to sample what downtown Trumansburg’s dining establishments – and other businesses – have to offer.
The 2nd annual Trumansburg Eats!, presented by the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is set for Wednesday, March 1, through Sunday, March 5.
Event Coordinator Elaine Springer said TACC developed the promotion “as a way to stimulate the vibrant local hospitality industry in at a time of year that is typically slow.”
The week of specials will kick off with a Downtown Hop, from 5-8 p.m. Downtown Trumansburg restaurants – and the boutique Sundrees – for wine, beer, cider and spirits tastings. Creekside Café, typically open only for breakfast and lunch, also will be open that evening, celebrating the start of its third year in business.
“Last year, Trumansburg Eats! Took place over a full week, Monday through Sunday,” said Springer about the changes that have taken place since the first event took place. “This year, at the suggestion of participating businesses, we have shortened the event to five days, to run Wednesday through Sunday, when people are more likely to eat out to begin with.”
One of the highlights of the week, Springer said, is a workshop being presented by the Finger Lakes Cider House and Lively Run Goat Dairy, titled “Understanding Cider and Cheese: An in-depth interactive tasting workshop and buffet dinner.” That event will take place 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 3; tickets are $50 per person, $40 for Cider Club Members. The Cider House is offering $10 off the cost of the workshop; email Melissa@FingerLakesCiderHouse.com for the discount.
The event brings increased exposure for participating restaurants, Springer said.
“This gives our many restaurants a chance to attract new customers, who will hopefully keep coming in the doors,” she said. “In general, TACC has focused on marketing Trumansburg as a tourist destination, and our hospitality businesses are a central part of the draw to the area.
“We hope that Restaurant Week will bring people to the area, and that they will come back during the tourist months,” Springer added. “Although this particular event targets our hospitality industry, we feel like it benefits all of our local businesses throughout the community.”
In addition to the cuisine, people that take the opportunity to patronize the event participants support local businesses.
“We have many restaurants in the area – there is so much variety, truly something for everyone,” Springer said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to dust off and march into spring after a long winter and try something new. Take advantage of the specials to eat at restaurants you might not usually visit.”
She stressed that Trumansburg Eats! is aimed at reaching more than just village dwellers.
“This is a great opportunity for non-residents to come out to Trumansburg and see what we have to offer,” Springer said. “We are much more than food and falls! We have retail stores, places to sit and relax and reflect, or meet friends.”
For more information about the event and specials, visit its website at TrumansburgEats.com.