This November marks the 40th anniversary of our local pantry’s service to the community. Join us through four opportunities in August through September to honor, support, and raise awareness for this beloved institution. Local businesses will offer support though fun events including:

  • “40 Ways to Cook a Carrot” restaurant week – August 19-25
  • After-hours parties – September 5th
  • “Best window display” Window Stroll Challenge – September 6-8
  • Toiletries drives throughout the city in September

Visitors can write menu reviews, find hidden carrots in store displays, and vote on their favorite window display for prizes. In September, The Daily Hampshire Gazette will post a feature thanking all participating businesses and highlight the favorite entries. Learn more about how you or your business can take part of each event below.

"40 Ways to Cook a Carrot" Week, August 19 to 25

Festivities kick off with “40 Ways to Cook a Carrot” during the week of August 19 to 25, 2019, as local restaurants introduce a food or drink item that embraces the carrot as a featured ingredient, during “Embrace the Carrot” week.

After-Hours In-Store Parties on September 5th

Celebrate in style at After-Hours In-Store Parties on the evening of Thursday, September 5th, 6 – 8 pm. For a single $25 ticket, guests will gain entry to a dozen or so after-hours parties in select businesses. Each locale will design their own party profile – specialty cocktails, finger foods, live music, store promotions, temporary tattoos, and more. Click here for tickets (link coming soon).

Window Stroll Challenge on September 6th through 8th

Take a stroll through downtown for the Window Stroll Challenge from September 6 – 8.  Businesses will design a creative, high-end window display that is carrot-related – real carrots, stuffed carrots, products and images that evoke carrots or orange and Fall inspiring colors. or even a #HiddenCarrot into a window to attract participants in a scavenger hunt. The Daily Hampshire Gazette will post a map of participating business windows, with a chance to vote for your favorite window and win gift certificates and prizes.

Toiletry Drives

Events will round out with toiletry drives throughout the city during September. “Friendly competition” toiletry drives are encouraged among staff of different branches or neighboring businesses, or for your customers to drop off a much appreciated item.

How Can I Participate?

Businesses – join in the fun, highlight your business, support a good cause.  Click our FAQ sheet for details. Decide on how you’d like to participate, and fill out the entry form.

Visitors – look for a map of participating businesses and a ballot for picking your favorite window display at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Maps will also be available in participating businesses. Purchase a ticket [link coming soon] to the multi-venue After-Hours Parties! Visit participating restaurants and submit a featured menu review card.  Drop off a toiletry at an area participating business. Thank you for your support and join our business community in the fun!

Click here for a current list of participating businesses.

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