Taste of Mystic

Over the weekend the Taste of Mystic was held over at the Olde Mistick Village. The event had 16 food booths featuring restaurants from around New London county and a main tent that contained a beer garden and sound stage for bands to perform on. Tickets were sold for a dollar a piece and could be redeemed at each booth for an average of 3-5 tickets per item.

Originally we planned to go on Saturday but the afternoon got away from us before we had to head out of town for the evening so we took advantage of the fact that I work across the street and met there over my lunch break on Sunday.

JB on the new location

Many locals may remember the Taste of Mystic was held on Cottrell St.; however, after taking a year off due to the cancellation of the event by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce it reappeared this year in its new location and I didn’t hate it. Don’t get me wrong I love that the new Mystic Eats (the similar but different event) is continued to be held on Cottrell St. but this venue allowed for a lot of people to attend without the overwhelming crowded feeling that can occur in downtown.

Tom on the Taste of Mystic fifteen years ago vs. today

Back in my day tickets for the Taste of Mystic only cost a dollar!1 Back in my day you had to park in Pawcatuck because that’s the only place you could find a parking space!2 Back in my day Cottrell Street was so packed that it took an hour and half to walk from one end to the other!3 Back in my day they didn’t have crazy, new-fangled food like “Cheddar Bacon Hush Puppy Fritters Made with Bacon”4! Back in my day… oh, nevermind!

JB on too many tickets

Tom and I bought $40 dollars worth of tickets and with 9 tickets left over after my lunch break we realized it was too many tickets. But the leftover tickets meant I was able to sneak back over after work to enjoy dessert!

Fancy bread thingy
Fancy bread thingy, pronounced “Brew Shet AH!”
Bowls and bowls of pasta goodness
Bowls and bowls of pasta goodness
Shrimp cocktail for the guy in the BlowoutDraft.com t-shirt
Shrimp cocktail for the guy in the BlowoutDraft.com t-shirt
Ants marching
Ants marching
Bloody Sock Guy!
Bloody Sock Guy!
A big tent
A big tent
Lobster mac and cheese
Lobster mac and cheese
  1. They still do? Oh. Since one dollar from 2000 is worth roughly $1.37 in 2015 when adjusted for inflation, that’s a pretty good deal.
  2. Parking in the Mystic Village — sorry, I forgot we were in Middle Earth, I meant “Ye Olde Mistick Village” — and adjacent shopping center was plentiful this year.
  3. This year we did a lap around the booths in approximately five minutes. And we were lollygagging.
  4. Did I mention it had bacon?

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