Milford Wine Trail returns to downtown

MILFORD – A popular event to raise money for local charities is back this month.

The 12th Annual Wine Route, organized by the Downtown Milford Business Association (DMBA), returns to downtown Milford on October 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $ 50 and proceeds are a direct donation to Centraide de Milford.

Gary Johnson, president of United Way of Milford, said the fundraiser would help 21 local agencies under the United Way of Milford umbrella.

“Examples of the assistance that will be given are scholarships to enable parents in need to send children to preschool, counseling at Bridges for people with mental health and addiction problems, assistance in Milford Senior Center to Help People with Dementia, Milford help for citizens struggling to pay for rent, utilities, food and other emergency needs, ”Johnson said.

“The DMBA does an amazing job raising money for charities,” said Kristina Foreman, owner of MakeupMakeup. “Centraide helps a lot of families. This helps them provide food, electricity, and diapers. It’s really amazing how much they help people.

Johnson added that fundraisers, like the Wine Route, are critical to the flow of income as large employers and their employees are fighting themselves due to the pandemic.

“The people who struggle to make ends meet at the end of the month, the ones we call ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) are the individuals who have two or three jobs trying to meet their monthly expenses. “, did he declare. “These are the people we are helping and the Wine Trail event will allow United Way to continue to help. “

DMBA said that after purchasing tickets in advance, participants start the course at the DMBA booth located in front of the Talor building, 5 Broad St.

“Wine Trail is one of our most popular events, just because it’s fun,” said Tracy Bonosconi, President of DMBA. “All our participating companies look forward to this event and to meeting new faces. It brings together friends, showcases downtown businesses and helps local Milford families in need. What’s not to like? “

Participants will receive a glass of wine and a map of the Wine Route stops.

“We try to be part of all the events that take place in Milford, especially when it’s a good cause to help families in need,” said Denisse Morales of Inside Living Style. “It also helps support downtown businesses. “

Morales said it was the second time they had participated in the event.

“We are very excited about this event,” she said. “It is so much fun to see the participants having fun in a friendly and safe way.”

Foreman said he took part in every Wine Trail.

“It’s one of the biggest events and one of the funniest events that they do every year,” she said. “I choose to participate each time because it brings people not only from Milford but also people from other towns to downtown and into my store who normally wouldn’t know I’m there. It’s exposure to all mom and pop stores, and it’s a great way to get to know the community on a personal level.

Ryan McConnel, owner of Cafe Atlantique and one of the companies participating in the Wine Route, has said that this will be the first time Cafe Atlantique has participated, but, as the owner, it is not his first participation.

“I also own Hawkwood Game Cafe, which is also on The Green, and we’ve done the Wine Trail in Hawkwood in the past, and really enjoyed it, and it’s a great show for our business,” did he declare. . “So I liked it there, and this is our first year as owners of Café Atlantique with the Wine Route, and it was an easy yes for me.”

Bridget Connors said Café Atlantique has been a Milford staple for as long as she can remember and that she has always been thrilled to attend local events.

“We are so excited,” she said. “We had a great turnout for Restaurant Week, so we’re really excited to be resuming an event. “

Ryan said he was excited about the Wine Trail event because it’s always a good night.

“The overall tone of the whole evening is really happy and really fun,” he said. “It has gone well in the past so as a business owner I don’t put a lot of stress on it. It’s just a really fun and extra thing to do without a lot of extra work on my part to make it happen which every small business owner dreams of.

Other venues participating in the wine trial include Arciulo’s, Inside Living Style, Love Shop, The Milford Arts Council, Milford Bank, Milford Pharmacy, Scratch Baking, Sophie Claire’s, Sunspray Tans, SV Decker, Vincent’s Jewelers and Whispers. Participating restaurants include Archie Moore’s, Bin 100, Colony Pizza, Dockside, Eli’s Tavern, Founder’s House, Good Morning Cupcake, Liquid Micalizzi’s, Nates Plates and Strega.