April Fool’s has been cancelled… so unfortunately, this is a factual update.
Erlanger Market is going to remain closed for quite some time; let’s just consider it absent from all of 2020 for now. When things eventually improve, we will revisit.
The City of Chattanooga has cancelled all events through May; June 6-7 is our next target for Opening Weekend, and River Market.
Street Food and other events will be repositioned – I don’t know when/where, but we will figure out something.
Some Good News
- After consulting with the City of Collegedale, who has strong experience with FEMA and related situations, we have agreed to tentatively schedule a Farms/Foods only Collegedale Market starting mid-May. No food trucks, no music, no arts/crafts – only items you would find at a typical grocery store.
Both the City and I agreed that this isn’t the best news for our artists, food truck entrepreneurs and other aspects which make the Market great – but it’s a start, and an effort to connect fresh/local foods to local consumers who need to eat.
More details to follow, but this May in Collegedale will be entirely outdoors, spaced far apart and will put a burden of responsibility on the farms/food manufacturers themselves to step up their health safety efforts.
We’re hopeful that June will bring a return to normalcy, and that all of our friends/family will remain largely unaffected by this global disruption.