NORTH ADAMS - The north side of Main Street will be host to 18 food and beverage vendors this Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. for the 12th Annual Berkshire Food Festival.
Director of Tourism Veronica Bosley said one change for this year is the decision to move it to September. The event was historically held in June, but it was moved to July in recent years to avoid conflicts with Wilco's Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA.
"It was too much to do both at the same time," Bosley said. "Also, it's so hot and restaurants are so busy with commitments.
Holding the food festival in September ensures cooler, more comfortable weather for attendees and also allows college students to attend, she said.
"If students are new to the area, they'll be able to see the fun events that happen in downtown North Adams," Bosley said.
The event will feature 12 participating restaurants and six beer, wine and cider vendors.
In attendance for the first time will be Mikey Joe's food truck of North Adams, serving fresh pulled pork and chicken.
"He also has some homemade sauces that will be for sale," Bosley said.
Newcomer Leslie's Humble Pie comes all the way from Valatie, N.Y. in Columbia County, she said.
"They have sweet and savory pies with local seasonal ingredients," Bosley noted.
Other food vendors will include the Pittsfield food truck How We Roll, Williamstown Indian food restaurant Spice Root, and North Adams' Gramercy Bistro, Desperados, and Boston Sea Foods.
Alcohol vendors will include the Artesian Beverage Cooperative of Greenfield (formerly Green River Ambrosia), Headwater Cider of Hawley, and the Berkshire Brewing Company of South Deerfield.
Attendees must bring a form of identification if they plan on purchasing alcohol, Bosley said.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will be interacting with residents to gather information for the North Adams Vision 2030 project. Representatives will look for input on goals for food, wellness and agriculture, Bosley said. Sunday's festival will be run by over 40 volunteers, Bosley said, some of them MCLA students.
"They help with everything," she said. "We're going to be setting up tables, trash receptacles and do some decorating."
The event has steadily grown since it began 12 years ago, Bosley said.
"Last year we sold more tickets than we ever have," she said. "We purchased 10,000 tickets and we sold nearly all of them. I was nervous we were going to sell out."
Attendees can purchase tickets on Sunday at the event. Each ticket will be valued at $1, and can be redeemed for food and alcohol priced between $1 and $ 5.