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The 2020 Memphis Food & Wine Festival has been canceled due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual event at The Live Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden was originally scheduled for Oct. 17. Organizers said the event will be back in October 2021. An exact date has yet to be announced.

“We remain committed to the cause and the community, and we plan to come back bigger and better than ever in 2021,” festival board chairman Al LaRocca said.

Started in 2016, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival brings top chefs and vintners from around the world to Memphis for an event that has grown in popularity and stature each year. Since its inaugural event four years ago, the festival has donated more than $325,000 to FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Despite the cancellation, the festival board does not plan to remain idle until next fall.  

“Our team is exploring the possibilities of smaller events in the spring of 2021. Our Chef Dinner Series in 2019 proved to be a big hit among foodies and local restaurateurs, and we want to explore how to bring back that concept, subject to COVID-19 restrictions,” said LaRocca. 

Look for further announcements and updates on the festival’s website at memphisfoodwinefestival.org.

Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer. 

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