Wauwatosa Village: Announces Second Fall Harvest Festival and collaborative farm-to-table dinner on state street

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Popular event returns Sept. 21

Wauwatosa, WI – August 15, 2019 – The Wauwatosa Village BID with presenting sponsor Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op, alongside a host of businesses and the Tosa Farmers Market, are bringing back the Tosa Village Fall Harvest Festival as well as dinner in the street on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the heart of the Wauwatosa Village. The free, all-day event returns for the second year and will include family-friendly activities and more from noon until 6 p.m.

There will also be two ticketed events taking place on large farm tables in the center of State Street as part of the festival. The first is a tasting event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that pairs cheese and chocolate with wine and beer and is hosted by The Village Cheese Shop, Tabal Chocolate, Draft & Vessel and The Ruby Tap.

The second event is a collaborative, family-style dinner on State Street beginning at 6 p.m. hosted by Café Hollander, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993, Café Bavaria, and Le Reve Pâtisserie & Café —joined this year with a cocktail hour of passed hors d’ oeuvres hosted by Firefly Restaurant. One long table with seating for 100 guests set under the glowing string lights and stars will serve four family-style courses, with beer and wine pairings from Luxembourg provided by Ansay International. Tickets for this dinner will go on sale Friday, August 23 at 3 p.m. and can be found at www.wauwatosavillage.org/harvestfest.

The festival will begin with the Tosa Farmers Market to be held in its regular location from 8 a.m. to noon on the west side of the Menomonee River. The Farmers Market will be followed by the Harvest Festival to be held on State Street in the Village beginning at noon and include local artisans, food and beverage vendors, live music, as well as a variety of kids activities.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back the Harvest Festival after such a successful first year,” says Michelle Haider, Executive Director of the Wauwatosa Village BID. “We are so pleased that the community members and businesses involved are coming together to put on such an incredible event.”

The farm-to-table dinner will be held on State Street at 6 p.m. and is an annual collaboration between four of the Village’s most beloved European-style restaurants. Each of the restaurant’s chefs—including Le Reve’s Chef de Cuisine Sarah Edith Obear, Lowlands Group’s Executive Chef Thomas Hauck, and Ristorante Bartolotta’s Sous Chefs William Ballogh and Elliot Mumpy —will work with the Tosa Farmers Market farm vendors to source seasonal local ingredients for each respective course.

“This collaborative dinner is a wonderful showcase for Milwaukee’s culinary community,” says Chef Paul Bartolotta, Owner and Co-Founder of The Bartolotta Restaurants. “We couldn’t be more excited to be part of Fall Harvest Festival again this year.”

“It was really great to be able to partner with other restaurants in the Village last year,” says Dan Herwig, Director of Brand and Marketing at Lowlands Group. “A farm-to-table dinner under the stars in an urban setting is super-unique and we’re excited to collaborate again for a second year.”

Fall Harvest Festival at a Glance:

Saturday, September 21

Downtown Tosa Village


8 a.m. – noon: Tosa Farmers Market

7720 Harwood, across from the Little Red Store

Noon – 6 p.m.: Fall Harvest Festival

Free and open to public

Located on State Street, between Harwood and Wauwatosa Ave.

Local food and beverage vendors

Local Artisans

Live music

Kids activities

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Cheese, Chocolate, Wine and Beer Pairing Event

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Harvest Fest Dinner in the Street

Tickets to the dinner and tasting event will go on sale August 23rd.

For images of last year’s Harvest Fest Dinner visit DropBox.

About The Wauwatosa Village:

The Wauwatosa Village is a thriving business district in Wisconsin offering more than 100 stores, restaurants and businesses in a setting reminiscent of the classic villages of Europe. The business district’s offerings are enhanced by nearby recreation facilities and cultural centers, making the Village a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.