Featured image: Scallop plate from a previous Cape Cod Scallop Festival (photo credit: FCTV)
For 48 years, the Cape Cod Scallop Festival attracted thousands of locals and tourists to Massachusetts’ famous summer playground to enjoy fresh seafood, arts and crafts, a car show, and live entertainment. But this year, the event has been cancelled.
The news broke in the Boston Globe and other New England newspapers on January 14. According to a Cape Cod Times interview with Marie Oliva, president and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, there “are lots of different reasons,” but the weather and lower attendance apparently contributed to the decision.
Last September, the three-day festival in East Falmouth “lost two days due to remnants of a hurricane” Oliva said. “That really hurt us.”
The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual festival.
It’s not clear whether the chamber will resume the festival in 2019. Oliva says they haven’t ruled it out as an option, but they’re looking into other possibilities.
No announcements about the cancellation have been posted on the Cape Cod Scallop Festival’s website as of January 15.