Festival Cancellation - A bitter (but necessary) pill to swallow
Throughout the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Maitland City Council has been monitoring and adhering to the advice from the Federal and State Governments, including any variation or modification of the public health orders.
Advice around mass public gatherings has not changed and as a result the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, which was scheduled to take place at Maitland Gaol on 7 – 8 November 2020, has been cancelled.
Maitland City Council had delayed the decision on whether to go ahead, as it remained optimistic that restrictions may ease enough to make way for the festival to proceed, however given the complex planning required to deliver such an event, the decision about whether to proceed or cancel had to be made by mid-August.
Coordinator Events, Adam Franks says ‘COVID-19 has not been kind to the events industry and Bitter & Twisted 2020 is no exception. In the interest of our community’s health and wellbeing, the decision to cancel Bitter & Twisted was a difficult, but ultimately necessary one‘.
Maitland City Council acknowledges the affect this decision has on the business community who are already hurting and who benefit from events like Bitter & Twisted.
People out there in the community who appreciate quality craft beer and wine can help reduce the impact of the event’s cancellation on businesses by supporting microbreweries, craft beer venues and cellar door’s, particularly those located in the Hunter. Remember though to always drink responsibly.
At this stage, event planning for New Year’s Eve Celebrations are moving ahead, however Maitland City Council will continue to monitor the situation and will follow advice from the Federal and State Governments, including any variation or modification of the State public health orders.
For all event updates visit maitlandevents.com.au