Thursday, July 8, 2021

First Bites for the Barn event set for next week

Local chefs and food trucks will be offering Bites for the Barn at Preservation Park in Canton this summer.

During these special outdoor events, participants will be able to gather around the table with friends and neighbors to enjoy small plate servings prepared by local chefs and food trucks. There will be beer and wine options available for purchase and entertainment by various performers.

“All of us are still saddened that we won't be able to host Canton's newest outdoor community dinners at the Cady-Boyer Barn, which burned down over Memorial Day weekend,” stated Laura Mortier, Canton recreation specialist.  “Instead of hosting Bites at the Barn, we're now holding Bites for the Barn, which will make special events even more memorable.”  

The barn, used for public gatherings, contained lumber dating from the Civil War. It was a mainstay of Preservation Park and had been disassembled piece-by-piece by Amish craftsmen who meticulously numbered each piece. The lumber was then moved to the site at the park and carefully reassembled. The cause of the Memorial Day weekend fire was determined to have been two youngsters using flammable materials in an attempt to record a post for social media.  

The first of the al fresco dinners is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 and will highlight Sunday Brunch featuring: Great Lakes Confections - Mini Donuts; Truckin Waffles - Chick'n & Waffles; Grace Savory and Sweet - Breakfast Scramble; Tapped - Avocado Toast; Meltdown Creamery - Ice Cream Dessert; and Maraschinos Pub - Beer and Wine (additional fee).  Musical entertainment will be provided by Bob Skon.

Future Bites for the Barn are planned for Tuesday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Sept. 14. 

Table registrations and payment is required in advance at The per person fee to attend is $35 for Canton residents and $46 for non-residents. Tickets will include four or five small plates; beer and wine will be sold separately.

Tables will be configured for eight individuals and to be seated at the same table, participants must register together on the same transaction. Seating assignments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

All proceeds from these “Bites for the Barn” events will benefit the future development of Preservation Park, which is home to the Canton Farmers Market, as well as several historical Canton properties. 

For additional information about these special fundraisers, visit 

Preservation Park is located at 500 N. Ridge Road in Canton.