MEDIA UPDATE | 13 August 2020
Statement from MFWF CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha
Dear friend of the festival,
I’d like to share an important update on our plans for the 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. First, though, I’d like to thank everyone involved in the festival – event-goers and ticketholders, suppliers and producers, partners, particularly Bank of Melbourne and Visit Victoria, restaurants, bars and cafes, volunteers and staff, and the many, many other people whose interest and efforts make this festival an essential part of the cultural makeup of Victoria, and of Australia’s food and drink scene. Your patience and support over what has been a very difficult year for everyone have been incredibly important to me and to our organisation.
When pandemic restrictions were first announced back in March, less than a week before the festival was set to begin, we postponed MFWF 2020 with a view to staging it later in the year. But as the pandemic has continued, we find ourselves in a position where we cannot stage the majority of that program in 2020. In light of these circumstances, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel the majority of the MFWF 2020 program.
We’ve been working closely with our partners in hospitality to offer whatever support we can during this time. After numerous discussions, a number of special-event organisers have expressed their strong view that they would like to continue to run events they had planned for March 2020 and welcome people back into their venues. These organisers will determine individually when these events will run – we’ve asked that they endeavour to stage them before 31 March 2021.
If you hold tickets to MFWF 2020 events, we’ll contact email you directly about which events will run and which will not, and on the next steps. Tickets for cancelled events will be refunded as a matter of course.
Our FAQ page has further details of the refunds process, and on the ticketing for events that organisers still intend to stage; if you have questions that aren’t answered there, please email us at email@example.com.
In the meantime we remain committed to showcasing the best Victorian food and drink that you can have delivered, take away, or cook (and drink) yourself at home here on our website and our Instagram feed, along with resources for the hospitality trade.
Again I’d like to acknowledge our principal partners Visit Victoria and Bank of Melbourne for their unwavering support in this difficult time - we appreciate your commitment to the Festival and all that it brings to Melbourne.
The team is busy planning for MFWF 2021, and the hospitality industry looks forward to welcoming you through their doors.
Thank you again,
Anthea Loucas Bosha
CEO, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
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