Celebrate! The 10th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Market

Article on www.chattarati.com by Jess Snyder 4/29/11

Bringing arts, crafts, produce, farmers, musicians and Chattanoogans together, the Chattanooga Market is a weekly celebration of “local.” Held summer Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion, the market is a bright collage of handcrafted jewelry, home accents, pieces of original artwork, functional sculpture, natural bath products, locally grown fruits and vegetables, grain-fed meats, local cheeses, and a wide variety of hand-raised plants. Every Sunday, the EPBstage features new and familiar musicians. And the food court offers several culturally diverse stands from local restaurants.

Chris Thomas, the Chattanooga Market’s executive director, said, “I’m happy with how the market is running and have no plans on making any major changes — just a variety of constant improvements to keep things fresh and interesting.” It seems, after 10 years, the market has hit a sweet spot of successful scheduling.

Thomas did say the market will put more emphasis on the big events like the Beast Feast BBQFestival, Oktoberfest, the EPB Strawberry Festival and the Haunted Market. He hinted at a new monthly feature: Chattanooga’s Best Beer Series, where a handful of locals can sample, judge and review local microbrews. Also, toward the end of the year, the Holiday Market will get some heavy expansion.

One new thing this season: VIP parking. For just $5, you can park in the closest lot to the pavilion and help support the market. See the lot map here: Sunday Parking Map.

Come celebrate the grand opening of the market — and everything Chattanooga — this Sunday, May 1, at the First Tennessee Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.