Mystic Eats 2019 Cancelled

August 9, 2019

We regret to inform the community that the 6th annual Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival has been canceled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are no longer permitted use of the Seaport Marine property which includes our “beer shed” and live music tented area of the event.

We have explored other options and were unsuccessful at finding a replacement venue with such short notice that could accommodate the many moving parts that make up our event.

We appreciate the support from our community of hardworking volunteers, vendors, sponsors and devoted attendees through the years and hope to reimagine the event in time for next summer. Please know that this decision was not made lightly.

We realize the importance of the event to the community and merchants. Members have already begun brainstorming to rebrand the event for 2020. We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Pirate Invasion and thank you for your understanding of this difficult decision.

Sincerely,

Mystic Eats 2019 Committee

Follow-Up Letter

Hello friends of Mystic Eats,

We would like to answer a few questions that have popped up in the wake of cancelling this year’s festival…

1. Why not have a “dry” festival?

While we very much appreciate that past attendees want the Festival to go on, it simply is not financially possible without the sale of alcohol and the sponsorship dollars from our beer and wine distributor partners. The event is quite costly to produce, and the sale of food alone would not cover operating expenses.

2. Re: alternate locations

Many alternative locations were considered, however the majority are either too small, have potential safety issues or don’t permit alcohol/live music. With deadlines, permits, and logistics, it was too much for us to shuffle with such short notice.

This decision was not made lightly, and we are very sorry to our loyal festival-goers for the result.

Please support the wonderful local restaurants who would have been at Mystic Eats this year. We look forward to bringing a re-imagined event back next year for all to enjoy! Our wheels are already turning.