Friday, August 10, 2012

Union Market Preview...Finally!

  There may be no upcoming addition to the greater Ward 5 landscape that is as highly anticipated as the September opening of the new/revitalized Union Market.  The once dilapidated and scarcely populated market, is in the final phase of it's major overhaul by real estate developer Edens Corporation.
View of Union Market sign from NoMA Metro Station Platform
   In anticipation of this opening (and to get the word out) Edens teamed up with Brightest Young Things Entertainment to hold their first annual Union Market Picnic on Saturday, July 21st.  While the weather was not the best, it accomplished exactly what the developer intended.  It got the word out!  With several of the vendors in attendance plan on making the Market their home, several local  food trucks and craft vendors helped make the experience memorable.  The Market, while not fully completed, was far enough into the construction project  for all in attendance to get a sense of what an amazing space this will be.  With vendors lined up like Rappahannock River Oysters, Peregrine Espresso (literally the best coffee shop in DC, go to their Eastern market location NOW if you don't believe us), Tickling Springs Creamery (products available at Yes! Organic Markets), Takorean, DC Empanadas, Lyon Bakery (see their bread in action at The Rolling Ficelle food truck), and many more! 

Vendor map of Union Market DC
The market's official opening date will be September 8th, and will operate Tuesday-Friday 11am - 8pm & Sat - Sun 8am - 8pm.  Enjoy some of the pics we managed to grab between scarfing down oysters and bbq and beers and cookies and churros and sliders and ice cream and tacos and oh boy, we may have overdone it...

Market entrance for the UM Picnic
Wall display of original market layout

Some of the festivities outside...too bad the rain didn't let up
Rappahannock Oyster Booth...with a little
Flying Dog! Rappahannock will utilize this
booth as a permanent resident of the Market

Picnic attendants enjoying some sliders from Lyon Bakery
and a little Oyamel.  Lyon will have a booth at the
mMarket, while sadly...Oyamel was just helping with food.
The unique entrance chandeliers made of recycled water
bottles...that's right those are all plastic water bottles
Hill Country BBQ was also on hand to provide some
food, and it went great with some 21sr Amendment
Hell or High Watermelon IPA.

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