24 Jul Festival of Food & Drink – Postponed to 18th & 19th September 2021
What a year we’ve all had so far! We run the Festival of Food & Drink with the passion and support of so many of you, our delicious traders, an amazing team, incredible and loyal visitors every year. We sprinkle over the top the fantastic supporters we have, the special guests in both guest chefs and musicians, and the lovely classes and workshops too.
We’ve been monitoring the news daily like everyone else for updates on what is re-opening and when. As a family business, we always try to do our best by everyone and work with complete integrity in all that we do. Our traders, guests and team form a big family each year to deliver an amazing festival for our visitors.
Over the past few weeks, we have been liaising with Clumber Park National Trust, as well as reviewing what government has announced on mass gatherings. As a team, we had so many plans. This year would have looked very different allowing for social distancing to ensure all visitors and traders, team and guests were safe. So, it is with a heavy heart that, after consulting with our team, the venue, local authorities and advisors, we have no choice but to postpone the event to 2021, our dates for next year will be Sept 18th & 19th.
We have sold so many tickets and we are so sorry we cannot go ahead. We have held out in the hope that we would be able to get more news from authorities or reassurance in being able to run the festival. With so many involved – traders, visitors, guests and staff – we feel that we need to make the decision now. As a team we are devastated but we will be back in 2021 and can’t wait to deliver the best festival we have ever run!
While other companies may run the risk, we value our festival visitors and what we have achieved over the past eight years is too precious to put it in jeopardy. We’re gutted we won’t see you all this year but planning for the Festival of Food and Drink 2021 starts now!
For all of the visitors who booked tickets, we are giving the option of rolling their tickets over to 2021. This will be done automatically, valid on the equivalent day next year, so they don’t need to do anything. However, if they do want a full refund, they just need to let us know. In addition we are also refunding their transaction fees. We know the guys who have been buying tickets early are our biggest fans.