More than 16,000 people attended Saturday’s Local First Street Party, marking the highest attendance rate in the event’s twelve year history.
The free annual celebration of local beer, music and food in front of Bistro Bella Vita in downtown Grand Rapids broke the old attendance record of 12,000 set in previous years. Visitors sampled cuisine from eight different restaurant vendors, while enjoying Founders beer, wine from St. Julian, family art activities, giant lawn games and local music from bands like The Concussions, Seth and May and The Accidentals.
This was also the first Zero Waste event for the Street Party, which means more than 90% of trash went to compost and recycling and less than 10% was diverted to landfill waste.
“The Street Party is a huge opportunity for us to showcase local businesses and talent, but it also really demonstrates the relationships that make our community so strong,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First. “We’re proud of the individuals and vendors that helped make this the largest waste-free outdoor festival in Michigan. We hope people will head the same direction in their homes and businesses.”
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