Jeffrey Sojkowski of Westerly eats a slice of Mystic Pizza at last year's Mystic Eats.
Christine Corrigan,The Westerly Sun
September 12, 2017 08:05PM
MYSTIC — The Downtown Mystic Merchants will hold the fourth annual Mystic Eats festival this weekend in downtown Mystic on Cottrell Street and in Mystic River Park. The event features the Riverside Food and Music Festival, which attracts thousands of food-lovers and brings out the best restaurants and entertainers in the greater Mystic area.
“We’re really excited for Mystic Eats; each year gets better and better,” said Amy Munoz of the Downtown Mystic Merchants and the Mystic Eats chairperson. “We have so many fun, family activities from karaoke to cornhole, plus great food. It is a great opportunity for our locals to come back downtown after the summer season.”
Participating restaurants include Abbott’s Lobster In The Rough, Angie’s Pizza, Chapter One, Costello’s Clamshack, Dogwatch Café, Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream, Del’s Lemonade, Friar Tuck’s Tavern, Harbour House Restaurant, Harp & Hound, The Irons, Karma Kitchen, Milagro, Mystic Depot Roasters, Mystic Oysters, Mystic Pizza, North End Deli, Octagon, Pink Basil, Pizzetta, Ryan’s Pub, Spicer Mansion and Voodoo Grille.
Each restaurant will prepare delicious bites from pizza to lobster rolls to ice cream and everything in between. Tickets are available for $1 per piece and prices range from 3 tickets to 12 tickets depending on choice of food. A percentage of the proceeds of Mystic Eats will be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
Beverage vendors include Coca Cola, F & F Distributing, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Levine Distributing, Mighty Swell Sparkling Cocktails and The Real McCoy. All alcoholic beverages will be served at the end of Cottrell Street in the Seaport Marine shed adjacent to live music all weekend long.
Entertainment will range from reggae to kid’s karaoke. The main-stage lineup includes a Friday dance party with Rock and Soul Revue followed by Sugar. On Saturday, The Carleans kick off the day, followed by Chris MacKay and the Toneshifters, Copy Copy, The Chris Leigh Band and ending the evening with Green Tea. Sunday is Reggae day, featuring Phil & The Line and Sunday Gravy.
Side-stage entertainment includes The Attiks, Darrin Keech, Scott Parry on Saturday; and Sunday is Jacob Graham and Friends, plus the Mystified Escape Room, Funaoke, a JPO “selfie” booth, April’s Balloon Creations, face-painting, Mystic Cornhole Company tournament, Hennavana and Mystic Massage will all be on site at various times throughout the weekend.