Chamber pulls application to host Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Fest


By: Marisa Gottesman
Associate Editor

Another Delray Beach festival has been pulled from the calendar.

The Fifth Annual Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Fest will not take place on Nov. 11 and 12.

On July 6, the Chamber of Commerce’s event received provisional approval from the city to hold the event at Old School Square Park.

But in a letter dated July 27 from the event producer Nancy Stewart-Franczak to the city said, “However, given the remaining time prior to the intended November date of the event, we were not confident we would be able to produce an event at the quality level that we and the City of Delray Beach desired for 2016.”

She said the chamber has been working since March to plan a smaller, more upscale version of the festival, which has been held on East Atlantic Ave.

The event would require no road closures, which has been something city commissioners have been advocating for. Commissioners have been working on updating the city’s special events policy, but have taken no formal vote on changing the rules.

The city lost Garlic Fest earlier this year to Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park.

The Wine and Seafood event is a fundraiser for the chamber and has brought in about $40,000 for the group. Old School Square will lose out on money it was poised to receive from hosting the event.

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