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Austin & Wine Food Festival Finally Postpones After Coronavirus-Related Public Gathering Ban

The event was scheduled to take place in late April

The crowd at Austin Food & Wine Festival 2019
The crowd at Austin Food & Wine Festival 2019
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

One of Austin’s bigger food events — Austin Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) — finally announced that it was postponing this year’s festival in light of the ongoing global novel coronavirus pandemic. It will be held in the fall from Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15 instead.

All tickets currently purchased for the Austin festival will be honored in November instead. Further updates, probably regarding refunds, will be released later.

Currently, city officials has banned all gatherings of ten or more people in Austin as of March 17 through May 1 in order to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Initially, the City of Austin banned all public events with 2,500 people on March 9. Then Austin Mayor Steve Adler limited that scope even further to gatherings of 250 people on March 14.

The festival had been scheduled to take place on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 with name chefs such as The Grey’s Mashama Bailey, FieldTrip’s JJ Johnson, and UK chef Simon Stallard.

This isn’t the first time AF&WF had to cancel in Austin. The festival was canceled in 2016 because of stormy weather and wet grounds at host site Auditorium Shores. It wasn’t rescheduled either.