The organiser of the Henley Eat Food Festival has been monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation which was due to take place between 13-27 June and has taken the decision to postpone it until 1-22 August 2020.
The decision was made due to the uncertainty of the longevity of the coronavirus situation, the health, safety and welfare of all those involved and taking part in the festival as well as wider public health in these uncertain times.
The sites and venues have been secured for the postponement to August 2020 with the opening event The Big Feast in Market Place. Other events will include Food on Film at the Regal, Some Like It Chilli Hot at the Rugby Club, Chef’s Table at Crockers, Life on the Veg and finishing with the Riverside Fiesta on Mill Meadows on 27 June.
Organiser Philippa Ratcliffe said, “Now more than ever we need to support our local businesses. We were determined to be able continue with championing all the wonderful hospitality venues, pubs, restaurants, producers and traders in Henley and the surrounding areas, so instead of cancelling the event totally we have worked over the past week or so to secure venue sites to allow us to hold this fabulous celebratory event in five months’ time instead. It will allow everyone the opportunity to join in and celebrate the town with so many other major Henley events who understandably and regrettably had to cancel. My heart go out to them at this difficult time and I am sure the good folk of Henley will rally round and support everyone as much as they can. Hopefully Eat Food Festival will be seen as a positive light at the end of the tunnel of what is going to be a very bumpy ride.”
For more details about the festival go to www.eatfoodfest.co.uk