While visiting several flea markets and food festivals throughout New England, Tamara Braz always felt something was missing. “And then, like the Reese’s ad with the chocolate and the peanut butter, I thought, I’ll put these two together,” Braz says. “I also wanted to create an event where people could come and spend the day and bring the whole family.”
She’s done just that. Come April 27, the Simsbury Flea & Smorgasbord, a jam-packed day filled with treasures, music and delicious things, opens for its fourth year since its founding by Braz. It will be held at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
It’s a family affair with an outdoor market featuring antiques, home and garden decor, artwork, crafts and handmade jewelry. For the kids, there’s a photo booth, inflatables and face painting. And, for the bellies, there will be a farmers market, and several food trucks will be in attendance, including Whey Station, Cousins Maine Lobster, Christie Caters Farm to Truck, Mercado Spanish Cuisine, Greekin’ Out, Ultimate BBQ, as well as those offering dessert.
In addition, live local music features the pop and modern duo Patrick & Kate and classic rock, country and pop from DenMar Jamz.
The market also supports many artisan vendors, giving them free space for the day to display their wares. And a special raffle will benefit the Canton-based nonprofit Dog Star Rescue.
Tickets are $5, kids under 12 get in free, and parking is free. | |
Flea markets around the state
Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market: 490 Danbury Road, New Milford, 860-355-1448, etflea.com
Hours: Opens for the season April 7; open Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. through early December
Simsbury Flea & Smorgasbord: Simsbury Meadows Performance Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., simsburyflea.com
Hours: April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Winchester Grange Fair and Flea Market
100 Newfield Road, Winchester Center, 860-626-0326, winchestergrange.org/grangeagfair.asp
Hours: Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Woodbury Antiques & Flea Market
44 Sherman Hill Road, Woodbury, 203-263-6217, thenewwoodburyfleamarket.com
Hours: Opens for the season in early March; open Sat. & Sun. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Indoor Flea Market: 37 Thomson Road, Bethlehem, 203-948-6066, bethlehemctfleamarket.com
Hours: Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boulevard Flea Market: 500 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven, 203-772-1447, fleact.com
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cobalt Route 66 Flea Market: 363 W. High St., East Hampton, 860-529-0844
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
College Mart Flea Market: 2 Wedgewood Drive, Jewett City, 860-376-3935, collegemartfleamarket.com
Hours: Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Flea Market at the Crossing: 105 E. Main St., Plainville, 860-793-6991, plainvillefleamarket.com
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mansfield Marketplace: 228 Stafford Road, Mansfield Center, 860-423-4441, mansfielddrivein.com/fleamarket
Hours: Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Maplewood Indoor Flea Market: 458 Danbury Road D3, New Milford, 860-350-0454, on Facebook
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Moosup Flea Market: 23 Village Center Circle, Moosup, 860-917-8532, moosupfleamarket.com
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Redwood Country Flea Market: 170 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, 203-269-3500, facebook.com/redwoodfleamarket
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wright’s Barn: 104 Wright Road, Torrington, 860-482-0095, wrightsbarn.com
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.