Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Started by Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District in 2012, the festival has become one of the biggest events on the Bury St Edmunds calendar with an average of around 35,000 people flocking to the town in previous years.
The event was due to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend but has been pulled due to difficulties around social distancing.
WIlliam Bryant, chairman of the BID's board of directors, said: “The hospitality sector has been hit particularly hard in this pandemic – with businesses currently still unable to open and likely to face considerable restrictions when they do. The role of Our Bury St Edmunds is to support them through this challenging time and while the Food and Drink Festival usually celebrates all the town has to offer, our restaurants, cafes and bars will have different priorities this summer.
"We’ve taken this decision reluctantly after watching and waiting over the past three months in the hope it could have happened in a safe way. However I very much hope that next year we’ll see the festival return and Bury St Edmunds will continue to be regarded as Suffolk’s foodie town.”
Those who had booked stalls for this year's festival will be contacted about refunds by Our Bury St Edmunds in July.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, said: “As the Event Manager for every BID organised event I always state that our number one priority is the health and safety of all who attend our events.
"We always attract tens of thousands of visitors to the Food and Drink Festival and with the current Government guidelines we just couldn’t guarantee that it would be a Covid safe event to attend. It’s a sad decision to take but undoubtedly the right one this year.”
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