One of Austin’s larger food events – Austin Food & Wine Festival (AF & WR) – finally announced that this year’s festival will be postponed amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic around the world. It will take place in the fall from Friday November 13th to Sunday November 15th instead.
All tickets currently purchased for the Austin Festival will instead be honored in November. More updates, likely related to refunds, will be released later.
Currently, city officials have banned all gatherings of ten or more people in Austin from March 17 through May 1 in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. On March 9, the city of Austin initially banned all public events with 2,500 people. Then Austin Mayor Steve Adler further restricted that scope to meetings of 250 people on March 14th.
The festival was scheduled to take place on Friday April 24th through Sunday April 26th with notable chefs such as The Grey’s Mashama Bailey, JJ Johnson from FieldTrip and British chef Simon Stallard.
This is not the first time AF & WR have had to cancel in Austin. The festival was canceled in 2016 due to stormy weather and wet floors at the Auditorium Shores venue. It wasn’t postponed either.