Detroit, MI

Eastern Market To Host 125th Gala

Becca Ballard

Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) is the nonprofit organization that operates historic Eastern Market. The 125th anniversary is arriving this year with an epicurean tour of Eastern Market's local harvest and a celebration. This will take place during the popular Saturday Market. This 125th Anniversary Gala is the ultimate farm to fork feast event you don't want to miss.

The 125th Anniversary Gala farm to fork feast, will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in Eastern Market’s Shed 3. Then on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the 125th Anniversary Celebration will be open to all that would like to join in on the celebratory fun. This public event will take place at Eastern Market’s DTE Energy Plaza, just outside Shed 5 along Russell Street. 

At the 125th Anniversary Gala, expect to be captivated by the menu, the mouthwatering food and the breathes of fresh air as you enjoy this event. The food cooked will all be locally sourced and grown five-course meal that will be prepared in partnership with Henry Ford College’s Culinary Arts team. While you dine on some amazing dishes, Mark Randdisi and the Motor City Horns will entertain you with live music to create an unforgettable evening.

Proceeds from the 125th Anniversary Gala benefit Eastern Market’s mission to improve access to healthy, fresh food, support work and accelerate the development of food entrepreneurs. Also, enhancing the experience of Eastern Market for shoppers and guests. 

The free public event, the 125th Anniversary Celebration, will feature fun and entertainment for the entire family. This Saturday market will be full of activities as guests will get to experience historic Eastern Market, while enjoying free walking tours provided by the Detroit Experience Factory at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., a Scavenger Hunt ending at the Welcome Center or Barrel Train rides for children. In addition to these activities, guests will be entertained by the Detroit Edison Public School Academy drum line, fire eaters and stilt walkers. Free giveaway gifts will be available while supplies last.

This specific Saturday market, is a chance to spotlight other local programs, which improve the health of area residents and expand the local economy.

Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Gala are $250 each, and Benefactor tickets are $500. Tables of 10 are available for purchase. To purchase tickets, visit or call 313-833-9300. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to make a contribution, please call Tracy Rivard at 313.833.9300 x 113 or email

Eastern Market will also be gathering at least 125 stories of how the market has played a role in the lives of shoppers, farmers, business owners, neighbors, community leaders and Detroiters. These stories will be displayed over multiple platforms to help Metro Detroit and the world better understand the true breadth and depth of the Eastern Market experience. Anyone interested in contributing his or her story should visit
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