Fork & Cork Festival Coming to Downtown Utica

Mark your calendars – The Fork & Cork Festival is coming to downtown Utica September 21 and 22!

Recently approved by Utica’s planning commission and city council, Gazette Media Group invites fans of food, wine, craft beer, music, and art to join us on the last day of Summer and first day of Fall.

The event will be held rain or shine in the Utica Fire Department parking lot as well as the gravel lot behind it. General admission is free and proceeds from the beer and wine sales will benefit the Humane Society of Macomb.

“We loved attending the food truck rallies and the Weekend Unwind Series last summer in downtown Utica,” said Gazette editor Andrew Neal. “We look forward to those events this year and we just want to amplify that experience at the Fork & Cork Festival, with even more live music, food trucks, vendors, and of course craft beer and wine that will benefit a great cause.”

A beer and wine tent will be adjacent to a live music stage, where both local and national acts will be performing Friday and Saturday night.

“Utica is a great city and we have been so welcomed by the community since we launched the Shelby-Utica-Macomb Gazette that we wanted to give back in this way,” said publisher Mark Nicholson. “We take pride in serving this community and the surrounding areas of Macomb and Oakland counties with our local newspapers and excellent events.”

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Mayor Thom Dionne shared his excitement for the event, calling it a testament to the city’s recent efforts to make Utica a hub for outdoor entertainment. “The fact that Gazette Media Group picked Utica to host this festival is a testament to what we’re doing in our downtown.”

Mayor Dionne mentioned that the Weekend Unwind Series will take place every Friday starting June 1 at the JKN Riverwalk Park from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with live music and family fun.

“The Fork & Cork Festival is just another great addition to that wave of energy we’re bringing to downtown Utica,” Dionne said.

Local musicians interested in performing at the Fork & Cork Festival should send an email to with a short introduction and links to available music.

Visit the Fork & Cork Festival on Friday, September 21 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. To learn more, visit