BECKLEY, W.Va (WV News) – Tamarack Marketplace turned 25 on September 25e and hosted an anniversary celebration that included several local vendors and West Virginia craft breweries statewide.
The celebration lasted all day, inside and out, with live music, artist demonstrations, food trucks and a beer festival. Activities for children took place including The Bubble Wagon, Magician & Balloon Art – Will Davis and Ellen’s Ice Cream.
A catering tent has been set up outside with fried green tomatoes and barbecue sandwiches. A limited menu was offered at the restaurant inside Tamarack.
Local food trucks were on hand to tempt attendees with their specialties from vendors like Aurora Ice which served fresh crushed ice, Philipos served Italian meatballs and fried bologna sandwiches, WV Ears served on the cob of corn, funnel cakes, and lemonade, while Shak’s Country Kitchen, MAD Concessions, and Bandits Ribs & Chicken served local fare.
Local breweries included Weather Ground, Freefolk Brewery, Mountain Eagle, Hawks Knob Cider, and Elkins’ Big Timber Brewery, which served their best craft beers. Bridge Brew, Sophisticated Hound and Dobra Zupas were also on hand to serve their best beers.
Main stage entertainment included Long Point String Band, The Carpenter Ants, 18 Strings, Parachute Bridge, The Wild Rumpus, Matt Mullins and The Bringdowns, Hillbilly Gypsies and The Kind Thieves.
Organizers envisioned a vibrant cottage industry in West Virginia where jobs, market opportunities, training, and educational resources abound for West Virginia artists, artisans, artisans and food producers, and rich cultural heritage. and craft skills and traditions are preserved and enhanced for future generations of West Virginia.
Tamarack is one of West Virginia’s best showcases for crafts, fine arts, and regional cuisine. It features a warmly decorated retail store, work studios for resident artisans, an art gallery, theater, A Taste of West Virginia food court, and the Tamarack Conference Center.