Greetings from Downtown Northfield! Thanks to everyone who came out to make our first ever Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl such a big success! On Thursday, June 15, the sun was shining, the food was amazing and we sold more than 3000 tickets in just two hours. Eleven downtown restaurants participated in the inaugural event and the variety of offerings was terrific.
Everyone enjoyed the free Northfield Community Band concert afterwards in Bridge Square. Next year, we’re hoping to make the event longer and add the breweries to the tour. Save the date for June 14th, 2018!
242 Main Streets in 48 states were nominated for the title, and more than 300,000 votes were cast. Because of your votes, Downtown Northfield made it into the Top 25 main streets in the nation. It is the people that make our downtown the central heart of our community–thank you and stay tuned: they’ll do it again in 2018!!
Taste of Northfield, a summertime tradition in Downtown Northfield for many years will be reborn this coming June 15. Renamed “Downtown Northfield Taste Tour”, the event will be held from 5-7pm in a number of eateries and watering holes. Taste Tour is a walking food and drink crawl from one end of Division/Water Streets to the other. Tickets will be available at Bridge Square beginning at 4:45pm. A list of participating restaurants will be published soon. Added bonus: Northfield Community Band concert in Bridge Square at 7pm!
I grew up in a small town where life centered around main street. We celebrated annual events and festivals, drawing generations of townsfolk to find connection in the center of our community. After living in five states and one foreign country I realized that places like my hometown are rare and special treasures. Then in 2009, my husband’s job interview at Malt-O-Meal (now Post Consumer Brands) brought us to Northfield as the sidewalk sales of Crazy Daze were in full swing. I watched friendly people shopping in a charming, lively downtown, chatting and eating giant donuts together—and I knew this was the town for us.
Downtown Northfield is where we come together. Cyclists gather here before and after their rides:
And shoppers discover one-of-a-kind treasures in our quaint storefronts:
The NDDC works alongside our community partners to bring people together downtown. We create connections between downtown business owners, building owners, local organizations and city staff as we fulfill our mission of sustaining a vibrant downtown.
Since I began as the NDDC Executive Director in January, I’ve been meeting with many of the people who help make our downtown the thriving heart of our community. I have heard fond memories of Downtown Northfield from people like Dennis Thomas. He watched his uncle run the local market as a child in the 1940’s and later ran the business himself.