MERIDEN — For the second year, organizer Carrie Teele is bringing together businesses on the Meriden Green for the Taste of Meriden Fall Market.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“A lot of what I do is geared toward the downtown area,” Teele said. “It’s a way to get people to come out and explore the businesses.”
Teele, who has been involved with many community events the past five years, said it is important to her to offer a platform for local small businesses.
The Taste of Meriden Fall Market will feature of variety of food trucks and vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry and more. There will also be face painting
Food vendors include La Birriamania Food Truck, which is known for its birria tacos, and Bebo’s BBQ Food Truck. Food trucks will be offering limited menu options that are quick and easy to serve.
One of the vendors, Sunnyshine Farms will be selling a collection of soaps and candles. Owner Christina D’Aquila, based in Cheshire, took her hobby and turned it into a business over a year ago.
“I’m looking forward to this whole experience,” she said. “I can’t wait to see all of the other vendors. It’s a great way to make connections so I’m super excited.”
Some of her popular candle scents are “Mistletoe Magick,” which smells like a Christmas tree. She also offers pumpkin and tropical candles along with some new scents.
Donna Bee’s Creations, owned by Donna Bradley, creates personalized t-shirts, sweatshirts, face masks and blankets for the holidays and other occasions.
Bradley, who is Meriden-based, has been part of several markets on the Green but is really looking forward to the fall market.
“I think this is going to be a great turnout,” Bradley said. “From what I’ve seen on Facebook, it seems like there are a lot of businesses registered.”
Teele said as of now, 30 vendors are signed up. Last year’s market brought out about 2,500 people.
Other vendors include the Meriden Humane Society and Bliss Nutrition, a wellness shop that recently opened in Meriden.