After an attempt to reschedule, the Austin Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) announced that the 2020 event will be canceled until December due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the city’s “stay-at-home” orders. The 2021 festival, which will be the 10th anniversary year, is scheduled for November 5-7.
AFWF was originally slated for April of that year, with a list of chefs including The Grey’s Mashama Bailey, FieldTrip’s JJ Johnson, and British chef Simon Stallard. After Austin Mayor Steve Adler quickly banned all public events of 2,500, then 250 people in March, followed by Governor Abbott, who banned events with more than 10 people on March 19, the festival was changed to Friday, November 13th, postponed to Sunday. November 15th this year.
Then, on August 17, Mayor Adler extended the “stay at home, mask and otherwise be safe” order to December 15, which bans indoor and outdoor events for more than 10 people. This resulted in the festival being canceled for that year.
Current ticket holders have the option of getting a refund, rolling the ticket for the 2021 festival, or donating the value of the tickets to the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. The cancellation announcement also encouraged support to restaurants by ordering take-away and advocating for the CARES law calling for changes to the business stimulus law to benefit restaurants.