Here’s What Burnhearts’ Miss You Fest Is All About

Miss You Fest helps take the sting off of Mitten Fest being canceled this year.

Burnhearts Bar in Bay View has brought Milwaukee together with Mitten Fest for the past eight years. This year, with the growing number of COVID-19 cases, they had to cancel Mitten Fest and adapt.

Fortunately for Milwaukee, Burnhearts has announced their Miss You Fest to provide an outlet to get some of Mitten Fest’s beloved beverages with a takeout option.

“We want the neighborhood tradition to stay alive in the hearts and minds of our community,” said William Seidel, co-owner of Burnhearts.

You can head over to Burnhearts for their Miss You Fest every Sunday until Christmas from 2-6 p.m., with an option available on Thanksgiving from noon-3 p.m.

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Takeout options for Miss You Fest include bottles of Tito’s Milk Punch ($25), pre-mixed Brandyland Old Fashioned made with bitters from Bittercube ($50) and 64 oz. growlers of Central Waters beer that Burnheards typically reserves for Mitten Fest (prices vary).

Mitten Fest brings in a good amount of charitable donations varying from clothing and food to cash donations for the Hunger Task Force, which is not surprising considering the event has an attendance of nearly 10,000 people. Charity will continue to be a driving force in Miss You Fest as 10 percent of the proceeds earned from bottled cocktails will go towards the Hunger Task Force.

Since Miss You Fest is part of Burnhearts and Milwaukee’s history as the inaugural year and adaptation of the beloved Mitten Fest, Burnhearts is putting together merchandise for the event. Merchandise will come in hats, shirts and tote bags with the phrase, “I’d rather be at Burnhearts.”

Burnhearts has taken precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 including canceling Mitten Fest and also by closing all seating options until the pandemic is under control, according to Seidel. 

For more information on Miss You Fest, call Burnhearts at 414-294-0490 during pick-up times or message them on Instagram.

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Corey Schmidt is an editorial intern for Milwaukee Magazine. Currently, Corey is a junior at DePaul University where he is majoring in both Music Performance and Communication & Media.