Downtown Riverside was bustling on Saturday with three separate events held within a few blocks of each other.
First, the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market drew the usual crowd with its offerings of fresh fruit, vegetables, breads and flowers. The certified event is held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.
Second, three blocks of the pedestrian mall between Seventh and Tenth streets was hosting the annual Riverside Neighborhood Conference. Produced by the City of Riverside, the free “community building” event helps residents network with various community and service groups as well as learn about the city.
Several city departments, local groups and vendors provided information and services related to the event. There were even mini-workshops on how to start a neighborhood crime watch or host a block party, among others. And a “fun zone” with arts & crafts projects kept some of the youngsters busy.
In the afternoon, nearby White Park was hosting the “Taste of Brews” event that featured dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews paired alongside cuisine from local eateries. Hundreds began lining up late in the morning for the Noon event, with the line stretching over a block.
Various brews and brands were on hand, including Riverside’s own Packinghouse and Inland Empire breweries. The ever-popular Hangar 24 from nearby Redlands was also on site as were several other local, regional and national “micro-brews.”
Taste of Brews will hold another event in Long Beach on August 25th. Riverside’s California Riverside Ballet is the official non-profit beneficiary.
- City of Riverside
- Taste of Brews
- Packinghouse Brewing Company
- Inland Empire Brewing Company
- Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
- California Riverside Ballet
Sources: City of Riverside, Taste of Brews