Mystic Eats - Riverside Food Festival
SEPTEMBER 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2018
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Friday: 5pm – 9:45pm
Saturday: 11am – 9:45pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Join us for Mystic’s food event of the year. Come and sample delicious menu selections from over 20 of Mystic’s premier eateries. Enjoy fantastic food, beer & wine in the Seaport Marine shed, live music and family entertainment all weekend, and gorgeous Mystic River views!

Enter for a chance at some Downtown Mystic prizes!

Register your team! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

A portion of the festival’s proceeds goes to Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm.

The Giving Garden grows fresh vegetables working with Mother Nature utilizing no till, no spray practices. The produce is donated to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center for distribution via its mobile food pantries. Nearly 30,000 residents of New London County received the produce. Its fourth year, 2017, was the most productive year yet with 15,000 pounds of produce donated to the food insecure! In 2016, the Garden yielded 13,089 pounds of vegetables, while in 2015 it produced 3,500 pounds of vegetables and in 2014 just over 1 ton was harvested.

The Giving Garden is owned and operated by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. It was launched in 2014 when the Nature Center took ownership of the last 45 acres of the Coogan Farm, one of the oldest farms in eastern Connecticut. The garden was started with funding from the Robert G. Youngs Family Foundation, and the Nature Center signed a four-year agreement with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut to donate the produce.

Coogan Farm Manager Craig Floyd runs the garden with a corps of volunteers who have logged more than 3,700 hours in 2017. Groups from area churches, businesses, corporations, civic groups, as well as individuals from across the region, come to the garden regularly to pitch in. In its first two years the garden was a seasonal endeavor, but in late 2015, a hoop house was donated and installed, ensuring year-round crop production.

Mystic Eats Photo Contest

3 Ways To Enter

1. Post to instagram with #MysticEatsPicMe (your profile must be public)

2. Post to twitter with #MysticEatsPicMe (publicly posted)

3. Upload Photo Here

(2018 contest runs from Sept. 7 at 5pm EST to Sept. 10 at 11am EST)

Prize packages include Downtown Mystic gifts from:

Tidal River Clothing
Adventure Mystic
Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill
The Rose
Mystic Knotwork
Shades of Mystic
Main Street Soap Emporium
Mallove’s Jewelers
Whaler’s Inn
Mystic Depot Roasters
Board and Brush

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Mystic Eats 2018

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!




Mystic Eats 2018 takes place on September 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Admission to the festival is free! Food and drink are purchased with tickets which cost $1 each. Tickets can be purchased at booths on site with cash or card.
Paid lot parking and free street parking spots throughout downtown are available. see our parking map
Yes, beer and wine will be for sale in the big barn at the south end of Cottrell Street. Access to the beer barn requires a wristband. 21+ only.
Dogs are allowed on leashes. The only area they are not allowed is the Seaport Marine shed and gated music area.
The weather is looking to be fabulous, but Mystic Eats will take place rain or shine! The large music tent and beer barn (21+) can provide some shelter.
Yes, at the Volunteer/Info. Booth on Cottrell Street.
No, please get tickets at the ticket booths.
Sponsor tickets can be picked up at the Volunteer/Info. booth located on Cottrell Street.

Contact & Directions

Event Coordinator: Downtown Mystic Merchants


Cottrell Street, Mystic, Connecticut 06355

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