The normally quiet crossing at Church Street and North Market was buzzing with activity last Saturday during Frederick’s annual In The Street Festival. A series of groups…. gymnasts, acrobats, dancers, and drummers kept the crowd entertained, as one part of the overall festivities. An early rain may have dampened the streets, but didn’t dampen the festive spirit.
The beat goes on
Walkin’ the street
The early rain made for a slow start, but as the weather improved during the afternoon, so did our sales. Kim, Kathy, Gill and Chef Dave Rusk all stayed busy in our sidewalk tent. It was a close race as to the best seller. Possibly the pastrami sandwich won out because that has become a very popular item on our regular menu, but the pork belly with pico de gallo on a corn pancake, and the marinated chopped steak sandwich also did very well. Complements to the chef!
This was our 16th appearance at In The Street, and the menu always changes slightly. Pulled pork barbecue has always been a favorite. One year we served homemade sno-cones; another time homemade doughnuts. Another time it was bratwurst. Last year we tried fish tacos. As to beverages, you have to guess what the weather will be to decide between hot apple cider and cold sodas. This year we settled on bottled water.
Two other things for sure: first, no alcoholic beverages are allowed outside (in the early days of In The Street they were, and that proved to be not a good idea); second, there are plenty of alcoholic beverages inside, and they selll very well, particularly after the official event closes down at 5:00!
It’s an event everybody enjoys, but those on the working side of it all are pretty glad it only comes once a year!
On to 2015!