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Festivale 2021 canned


The organisers of northern Tasmania's premier food and drink event are philosophical after it became the pandemic's latest casualty.

Festivale 2021 has been cancelled due to the challenges posed by gathering limits and social distancing rules.

Chairman David Dunn has told Jules and Glenn they're looking at other options.

"It's just not viable for us to continue to plan on the off-chance that things may be back to normal in February," he said. 

"We want to make sure that people who come to Festivale - or the alternative event in 2021 - are safe, and that's the most important thing." 

A statement released by the committee on Wednesday morning outlined a potential replacement event.

"This decision has not been made lightly and after consultation with The Dept of Public Health, Government and our sponsors, our focus must remain on the health and wellbeing of the public as well as the ongoing sustainability of Festivale," it said. 

"So whilst Festivale 2021 will not be held, the organising committee, together with the Dept of State Growth (Events Tasmania division), are exploring options to bring you an alternate event on the same weekend as Festivale 2021 was to be held that will be smaller and adhere to current health guidelines.

"We will continue to keep you updated as we plan for 2021 and hope you will support our alternate event, in its one-off location and format."