Edible Austin files lawsuit after canceled Beer and Bacon Festival

Edible Austin filed a lawsuit last week against a local event venue, claiming the venue failed to obtain the permits needed for the magazine’s Beer and Bacon Festival in January of 2016.

Fair Market hosts numerous food events throughout the year, but in a new lawsuit, Edible Austin claims that it had to cancel its Beer and Bacon Festival because the venue didn’t pull the proper permits. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

At the time, the magazine said that the event was postponed “due to circumstances beyond our control.” The event was reschedule for June of 2016 at Circuit of the Americas, but the magazine says in the lawsuit that it lost money “from ticket revenue and corporate advertising, plus the deposit it paid.” Edible Austin held the event this January at Brazos Hall.

Edible Austin has published a print food magazine for 10 years.

Edible Austin, which published its first issue 10 years ago this summer, organizes many events throughout the year, and the event venue space on East Fifth Street that opened in 2014 has recently hosted events during the Austin Food & Wine and Hot Luck festivals. In December of 2016, Bunkhouse Management took over management of Fair Market, but Pegalo Properties was the management company of the venue at the time of the canceled event.

Richard Kooris, president of Pegalo Properties and one of the owners of Fair Market, said that he and his partners haven’t received any notice or “heard anything from the Edible Austin folks or their attorney in close to a year. After the incident, there was an exchange of correspondence between the parties.  They sent us a letter and we replied. After that, radio silence.”

Edible Austin referred us to their lawyer for comment, which I’ll add if available.


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