In just 2 years, the Slice of Saugatuck became a beloved town institution. Part street fair, part food fest, part replacement for Festival Italiano, it was a welcome addition to the September calendar.
This year though, there’s no Slice.
Founder and RTM member Matt Mandell wrote yesterday, in one of his regular emails to district residents and other community activists:
I am sad to report there will be no Slice of Saugatuck Festival this year.
As many of you know the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce approached me last year, asking if they could take over running it. Those of us involved thought this was a good match moving forward. The WWCC worked with me last year to learn the functions of what turned out to be a very successful followup to the 1st festival in 2011. Unfortunately this transition has not gone as anticipated.
Needless to say, this is very disappointing news. I know that many people and merchants were looking forward to the Westport community once again gathering on a late summer day in Saugatuck to celebrate all it has to offer.
Sadly, the biggest loser as a result of not having the festival is the Gillespie Center‘s food pantry. Last year’s Slice of Saugatuck revenue generated through ticket sales allowed for a donation of $5000 to help feed the homeless and hungry.
It is my hope, in the meantime, that our generous community will take a moment to buy a few extra cans of tuna or soup, and stop by the center to help out.
It is my and many merchants’ intention to ensure that the festival will once again be held next year, either in the spring or fall.
So hang in there. The Slice will be back.