Inman Eats Returns with a Craft Festival

Inman EatsLast year's Inman Eats festival. Photo courtesy of the East Cambridge Business Association.

Inman Eats is back for its second year this weekend, celebrating the restaurants and craft spaces that make up the neighborhood with special food deals, a beer garden, and an added craft festival.

Rebranded as Inman Eats & Crafts, the outdoor festival will shut down Cambridge Street from Springfield to Prospect on May 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. Fifteen restaurants—including Bukowski’s Tavern, Momi Nonmi, Puritan & Co., Highland Fried, and S&S—will offer samples at outdoor tables.

People who want to try samples from several different restaurants can buy Inman Bucks for $15, which translates to five Inman Bucks. Each restaurant’s sample will cost one Inman Buck. Samples include wings, sliders, tacos, beet salads, and meatballs, according to East Cambridge Business Association Executive Director Jason Alves.

Gather here is heading up a Handcrafted Marketplace, where 30 makers will set up shop in the East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot.

“Last year we … we focused on the food piece, and I think we recognized that, with all the makers that are moving into Inman Square, that it was a great opportunity to highlight some of those types of businesses that are thriving in the square that maybe aren’t getting the publicity,” Alves says. “I think the maker’s market will really help drive that home, that there’s a lot of cool stuff happening out there, so it’s going to be a good addition this year.”

A beer garden sponsored by Inman Square Wine & Spirits will feature Lamplighter, Bantam Cider, and Cambridge Brewing Co. Guests can also expect live music coordinated by the Lilypad and face painting.

Organizers are expecting up to 5,000 people to attend. You can buy Inman Bucks online in advance. Any leftover Inman Bucks will be sold the day of the event.