Erin Hallahan and Kenneth Rahn Jr., of Bringeth the Meat BBQ, prepare sandwiches during Saturday's festivities. (Jonathan Bissonnette/The Call)

PAWTUCKET – Mouthwatering food was paired with delicious locally-crafted beer on Saturday as gourmands and aficionados alike came together at The Empowerment Factory at Hope Artiste Village to sample food from Hope & Main paired with beer from Bucket Brewery.

The food pairing was a “March Madness” event at the bustling Wintertime Farmers Market at the village on Main Street. As early as 9:30 a.m., connoisseurs and the curious converged on The Empowerment Factory studio to taste beer samplings or try food ranging from granola to barbecue.

Ali Montagnon, director of events and market manager with Hope & Main explained that the nonprofit food business is an “incubator that takes a holistic approach in assisting businesses and helping local food startups.” Hope & Main can assist anyone from a salsa business looking to expand to a startup with a great recipe ready to reach the masses. Hope & Main offers commercial kitchen space and marketing resources to help the businesses reach new audiences.

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