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Coronavirus: Cornish food festival cancelled

Coronavirus: Cornish food festival cancelled

Published by Emma Carton at 3:52pm 12th March 2020. (Updated at 7:26am 13th March 2020)

One of the biggest events on Cornwall's food calendar has been cancelled because of the situation with coronavirus.

Organisers of the Porthleven Food Festival, which is normally held in April, have issued a statement.

They say the decision has not been taken lightly and has been made with "heavy hearts".

Officials say all ticketholders will receive an automatic refund and traders, acts and artists will be rebooked for 2021.

It comes as health bosses confirm a further two patients in the UK have died and as the number of cases rises to 590.

"It is with heavy hearts that the organisers of Porthleven Food Festival must announce that our 2020 event, which was due to take place from 17-19 April, will be cancelled.

"All ticketholders will be automatically refunded and all traders, acts, artists and speakers will be rebooked for the 2021 event.

"The decision, which has not been taken lightly, has been made amidst the current situation with Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK.

"With less than five weeks to go any additional restrictions on the movement of people, or a nationwide ban on events being enacted in the coming weeks, would be financially catastrophic for our festival. 

"We therefore feel that we must cancel the event this year in order to guarantee its future survival.

"The team has already put a great deal of time, resource and energy into organising and promoting this year's event and this is not a decision we've made lightly.

"We hope you understand and respect our difficult decision to act now, thus removing uncertainty, reducing the amount of outlay by our audiences, sponsors, traders, suppliers and partners and helping to secure the event in future years".

Porthleven Food Festival

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