Slice of Saugatuck Festival canceled in Westport due to COVID

WESTPORT — The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce has announced the cancellation of the ninth annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we would love to promote our Saugatuck restaurants and businesses at this very important time, we just can’t run this event in a socially distant and safe manner,” said Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Chamber, in a statement on Tuesday.

The annual food tasting and retail experience that promotes local businesses was slated to run on Sept. 12. The festival has reportedly drawn over 2,300 attendees, 60 participating businesses, eight bands playing simultaneously and numerous kids activities encompassing the whole of Saugatuck Center in the past.

Over $30,000 had been donated by the Chamber to Homes with Hope from proceeds from the event, the news release said.

“This decision hurts us all; the local business, the Chamber, the residents who enjoy coming out and the homeless and hungry as sadly we won’t be able to make a donation to Homes with Hope from the proceeds,” Mandell said.