(Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival 2017)

Organizers of Victoria’s only festival dedicated to the charcuterie board has announced that the event will be postponed until Fall in light of COVID-19.

The annual Victoria Cheese and Meat festival was scheduled to take place on May 9th at the Parkside Hotel & Spa, after spending previous summers at Crystal Gardens and the Roundhouse at Bayview Place.

This announcement follows a public health order banning all gatherings greater than 50 people that is effective until May 30th.

The event is expected to be rescheduled to mid-October – an official date will be released soon.

“In light of the current landscape, Festival organizers have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Cheese and Meat Festival. Instead of May 9th, the event will now take place this fall,” a statement to Victoria Buzz reads.

Citing their responsibility to host a safe, enjoyable event for guests and vendors, Festival Director David Bain is confident the community will come together to support the event and the local vendors it features this fall.

Until then, the Festival is working closely with vendors to help support them during these unusually trying times. More details can be found on their Facebook page.

The annual Cheese and Meat Festival showcases some of the best local and international cheeses, meats, and drinks to pair them with. Just make sure to come hungry!

“The biggest advice we like to give the guests of the festival is to come empty-handed,” festival founder Dave Bain told Victoria Buzz.

“When you arrive at the festival you are given a charcuterie board (that you get to keep) and a wine glass which keeps your hands very busy. You then walk around the Festival grounds tasting creations of the artisan food and beverage vendors.”

All tickets will be automatically transferred once the new date has been confirmed.

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