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The Melbourne Food And Wine Festival Has Been Cancelled

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

The Melbourne Food And Wine Festival Has Been Cancelled

Both the Winter and Regional Editions of the Festival have been affected by the cancellation.

Due to the challenges and uncertainty of COVID-19 in Victoria, festival organisers have cancelled the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The winter celebration of Melbourne’s food and drink scene was originally meant to take place at the end of August. However, after being pushed back to October, current uncertainty around the unfolding COVID situation has led to a complete cancellation. The Regional Edition of the Festival, which was originally scheduled for November, has also been cancelled.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Cancelled

Lockdown has impacted events all around Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Show, for example, was cancelled for the second year in a row. Phantom of the Opera, on the other hand, was postponed until next year. Meanwhile, the Melbourne International Film Festival transformed to an online event. But, the nature of MFWF means that it does not have the luxury of online events.

“The challenges around lockdowns and restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to affect event planning and it is with a heavy heart that we have made this decision,” said Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food + Drink Victoria. “We rescheduled the Festival twice this year to try and find a place on the calendar where we can run the event safely and with some certainty but these plans are no longer workable in the current environment.”

What does this mean for ticket holders?

Ticket holders will be contacted directly by festival organisers through email with more information. Refunds will be issued out in the weeks to come. If you have questions, you can send an email to info@foodanddrinkvic.com.au.

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MFWF will return next year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

“We will be back in 2022 with an exciting line-up of events and we very much look forward to raising a glass with everyone,” said Loucas Bosha.

In the meantime, as this Festival was meant to celebrate food and drink around Melbourne, why don’t you support the hospitality businesses affected by the cancellation? Plenty of restaurants and bars around Melbourne were involved in the program. Explore the Festival website and see if there’s a restaurant that you’d like to support.

Read the full announcement here.

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