The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will not return this year due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The event’s 2021 winter edition was set to run in October after it was postponed from an August date.

“The challenges around lockdowns and restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to affect event planning, and it is with a heavy heart that we have made this decision,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food and Drink Victoria.

“We rescheduled the festival twice this year to try and find a place on the calendar where we can run the event safely and with some certainty, but these plans are no longer workable in the current environment.”

In the weeks to come, the festival will sort through ticketing arrangements and refunds.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will return next year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

“We will be back in 2022 with an exciting line-up of events and we very much look forward to raising a glass with everyone to celebrate …”

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