Octoberfeast coming to Marietta
Restaurants in downtown Marietta are preparing for Marietta Main Street’s first-ever Octoberfeast scheduled from Sunday to Oct. 23. This spin on the well-known restaurant week’s efforts happening across the U.S. invites diners to explore the flavors of local restaurants in Marietta and be entered to win prizes valued at over $600 by using bingo cards.
Sixteen restaurants are participating in Octoberfeast, with a dozen offering special discounts, entrees, and drinks for the occasion. With many small businesses still experiencing negative economic impacts of COVID-19, this effort is timed to keep restaurants on their feet.
“Our small business community is strong and our downtown restaurants have endured, and continue to endure, managing the health and safety of their staff with that of the community while maintaining high standards of customer service, food preparation, and warm, inviting atmospheres,” said Cristie Thomas, executive director of Marietta Main Street.
She said despite staffing shortages and the challenges of food costs and shipping delays, the restaurant owners continue to think on their feet to keep their doors open and provide the community with food service they know and love.
Octoberfeast is coordinated by the Marietta Main Street Promotions Committee, composed of downtown business owners and community volunteers.
“We want to show our love and support to downtown restaurants in a way that allows our community to explore various local cuisines. Our bingo card format is a simple guide to some of the best dining options in town,” said Morgan West, Main Street board member and chair of the Main Street Promotions Committee.
She said they aim to support the restaurant community in a way that is safe and effective despite challenges over the last year.
“We hope Octoberfeast encourages our community to support restaurants owned by our very own friends & family. This event is a great way to try new foods and thank employees that are the backbone of our downtown restaurant community,” West said.
Diners are encouraged to use the Octoberfeast Bingo Card to guide their restaurant week experience downtown; by dining with four restaurants in a line on the card plus one restaurant of their choice, participants will have five total dining experiences. Completed bingo cards can be turned in to any participating restaurant and be entered to win the grand prizes thanks to event sponsors PrimeLending and Cinderelli’s Cleaning.
“PrimeLending is a National Lender but is operated locally by residents of the (Mid-Ohio Valley) who live, work, shop, and enjoy life here in our small town. PrimeLending has been in Vienna since 2013 and a resident of 104 Front St. in downtown Marietta since early 2019,” said David Houser, PrimeLending area market manager. “We have been privileged to serve so many families from Marietta and the MOV with their mortgage financing needs and this felt like a unique and fun way for us to say ‘thank you’ to all for the trust and confidence in our services.”
He said they have been very fortunate during the pandemic and wanted to support the restaurant community and local businesses by sponsoring this downtown event.
“As they say, a rising tide lifts all ships. We were excited to get involved and support Octoberfeast as soon as it was brought to our attention.
What a great way for all of us to get out and enjoy each other, as well as our local businesses which need our support, now more than ever. And besides, who doesn’t like to eat and win money and/or gifts?” said Houser.
Participating restaurants include 740 Social, Austyn’s Restaurant & Lounge, Boathouse BBQ, Busy Bee Restaurant, Gator’s, Jeremiah’s Coffee House, Levee House Bistro, McKenna’s Market, Over the Moon Pub & Pizza, Tampico Mexican Restaurant, The Cozy Kitchen, The Galley, The Original Pizza Place, Third Street Deli, Tiber Way Grille, and Tonya’s Country Kitchen.
To learn more about Octoberfeast, restaurant specials, grand prizes, marketing materials, event sponsors and bingo cards, visit the Marietta Main Street website at www.mariettamainstreet.org.