Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheffield Food Festival, rescheduled for September has been cancelled.
A statement on Facebook reads.
“We are sorry to inform you that the September rescheduled dates for this years Sheffield Food Festival can’t go ahead due to the ongoing issues relating to Covid 19
Following the recent announcement from the Government on outdoor events being possible again and in continuous consultation with the local council, central government and other officially appointed safety / welfare organisations and groups. We have been looking at the state of play to continue with the plan to run the rescheduled dates for the Sheffield Food Festival event in September 2020.
Sadly after all that research and consultation work and now reading the recent 37 page specific Government Event Operating Guidance Doc for Covid Safety at Events, it is now clearer that we can’t finalise the plans for the event, that it cannot successfully be made to happen without undue health risk and or business deprivation and financial loss.
Therefore it is with regret we are now having to fully postpone the event to 2021 back to the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend of Friday 28th – Monday 31st May 2021.
Our website has a further breakdown of detail on the issues on why we can’t now proceed
This is very frustrating for us, especially as this was the 10th anniversary year event. However we would also incur additional costs for September that can’t be covered, let alone losses that would be uncontrollably damaging to us and all the traders and other concessions who would be part of the live event this year.
All traders deposits for 2020 are now valid for 2021 and each trader has been emailed on this. If you are a confirmed 2020 trader and have not received that email, please let us know?
So we will now offer to roll over the event planning, programming and service bookings to be valid for 2021 instead. It’s an honour to plan and produce a great successful popular event, but it’s a legal duty to ensure no one is at unnecessary risk, be that working at or attending the event.
Thank you for your patience and we hope you continue to support us to now aim for 2021 and the next event.”
Check out all of the Sheffield independents who have signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme here.