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Toronto Festival of Beer has been cancelled

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TORONTO, ON., May 15, 2020 — Another major Toronto tradition has been shelved for this summer as the 24th edition of Canada’s largest annual beer festival during the last weekend of July has announced they will have to cancel this year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Other major Toronto events such as Pride, North By Northeast and Caribana had already been cancelled but now that the City has announced that all major festivals and events with attendance of more than 250 people through July 31, and those with attendance of 25,000 or more through August 31 will need to be postponed.

Mississauga’s Gerald Grant raises a glass at the 2019 Toronto Festival of Beer

Organisers sent out a Facebook message to followers and ticket holders explaining that “in light of the City of Toronto’s announcement today with respect to events and festivals being cancelled until August 31st, the 24th edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer originally scheduled to take place this July will be postponed.”

TFOB organisers also said that they “will be contacting all ticket holders in the coming days with additional information regarding refunds and other ticket options.

This year’s festival had numerous quality bands lined up as well including Nas, Sam Roberts Band and TLC. And let’s not forget the incredible lineup of brewers from around the world. Summer in Toronto is just not going to be the same without all of its incredible festivals, but it will give TFOB and the numerous city events several extra months to plan for next summer.

Other festivals that will be cancelled this summer include the following events of more than 250 people slated to be held between now and July 31: Salsa on St Clair, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Honda Indy, Toronto Triathlon Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, and Big on Bloor, among others. 

Other major mass participation events of more than 25,000 people slated to be held until August 31 include: Jerkfest, Taste of the Danforth, Taste of Manila, and Toronto Chinatown Festival, among others. 

story by Terry Lankstead

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