The latest in a long line of events canned because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wairarapa’s flagship wine and food festival, Toast Martinborough, has been cancelled.
In a message on the event’s website, organisers said they have had to reassess the potential risks involved in bringing thousands of people together.
“We want to be able to celebrate Martinborough’s wines with you in fitting style, without any complications or risk. So, given that so much is still uncertain, we have made the call to cancel this year’s event.”
The event will return in 2021 and tickets for this year’s event will be valid for the 2021 edition, or customers can apply for a refund.
“This is unprecedented. I totally understand the hard decision that they made. It’s all about the safety and wellbeing of Toast festival-goers, who have always been top of mind for Toast throughout,” commented Destination Wairarapa general manager, Anna Nielson, who added that the flow-on effect from the loss of flagship events like Toast could not be underestimated.
“It’s not just the caterers and the bands that miss out, it’s also the infrastructure. People like Toby from Noise Productions, the hireage, marquees, seats, staff,” said Nielson.
“It’s the local groups who fundraise selling sausages on the side of the road, it’s the Lions Club which Toast pays to do traffic management stuff. It’s all those associated organisations that will miss out.”