The Last Green Mountain Chew Chew Festival

by Gray Cargill on June 23, 2009

2008 Chew Chew Festival

2008 Chew Chew Festival

I am heartbroken upon reading today’s Burlington Free Press article stating that this weekend’s 24th Green Mountain Chew Chew Festival will be the last. The Chew Chew has long been my favorite Burlington Festival. Tons of great food in a beautiful setting on the Burlington waterfront in the summertime–what’s not to love? Rainy days on Chew Chew weekend, that’s what.  I don’t go when it rains and apparently, neither does anyone else.  According to the article 2 out of the 3 festival days last year rained, causing a $20,000 loss. (Last year, if you recall, I went on one sunny day, and left when it started raining on the second day.)  When it rains, the grounds get really muddy and soggy out there in the field. They will scatter hay on the ground, but it doesn’t really help.

I remember my early years attending the Chew Chew, getting to try exotic things like deep-fried alligator and rattlesnake, neither of which I’d had before. Some friends and I went one year and we all took turns buying something that we all had to eat–4 out of 5 items would be spicy-hot, such as cajun and jerk flavored foods, and we thought our mouths would spew flames before we could cool off with the lemonade at the Dismas House booth, which I still view as the best lemonade I’ve ever had.

If you’re planning to be anywhere near Burlington this weekend, please stop by the Chew Chew Festival on Burlington’s Waterfront to pay your respects and say goodbye to a fun food tradition. You’ll have over 50 food items to choose from this year and live music to enjoy (including my favorite band from last year, Mango Jam).  The Festival runs June 26-28, from 11am-9pm on Fri-Sat and 11am to 6pm Sunday.  Admission is $2 for adults and you purchase tokens (9 for $5) to buy food items.  For more details, visit the Chew Chew’s official website.

SoloFriendly June 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Good question, Betsy. I'm sure we'll see many casualties. But then hopefully, when the economy turns around, some will be resurrected? We can hope.

SoloFriendly June 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Good question, Betsy. I'm sure we'll see many casualties. But then hopefully, when the economy turns around, some will be resurrected? We can hope.

Betsy June 25, 2009 at 9:23 am

I wonder how many long-running traditions this recession is going to bring to a close. Festivals like this are fun, accessible events for communities–I hate to see them dying off.

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