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Coronavirus update: Coventry Food Festival 2020 cancelled

Editorial Correspondent 23rd Mar, 2020 Updated: 23rd Mar, 2020

COVENTRY Food Festival this May has been cancelled and put on hold until later this year, due to restrict the spread of coronavirus, organisers announce today (Monday March 23).

Last year the festival attracted more than 140,000 visitors with headliners including Michelin starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell, owner of Purnell’s Restaurant, and TV celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, along with street food from Coventry Dining Club in the Cathedral Ruins.

It was due to return in Broadgate in the city centre from May 7 – 10 2020.

Trish Willetts, BID Director, said: “Due to the ongoing situation relating to covid-19, we regret to announce that the Coventry Food Festival is now cancelled.

“As always, our priority is the safety of the visitors and exhibitors that come to our fantastic city to enjoy the festival, which saw record crowds of over 140,000 last year.

“Whilst of course this is hugely disappointing for all involved, we cannot put people’s health in jeopardy and also need to ensure that we are adhering to the current government guidelines.

“Our thoughts are with those that are being affected at this time and we will continue to offer our support to BID businesses wherever needed. The team and I are working hard in the background and our aim is to run an event in the city centre later in the year, which we hope will not only give our businesses a boost, but residents and visitors too.”

This year’s line-up had yet to be announced.

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