2020 Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Cancelled

June 11, 2020

FORT WORTH, Texas – Today the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation announced the cancellation of the 2020 Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, previously scheduled for Oct. 22-25, due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year’s festival is planned for April 8-11, 2021.

Though no 2020 festival will take place, the foundation will continue to support the local culinary community through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Launched by the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation in March 2020, the $100,000 fund was established to assist food service professionals who faced extreme hardship as a result of the COVID-19 impact on restaurants, bars and other food-focused businesses. Over the past three months, nearly $90,000 has been distributed to deserving recipients, with additional funds being granted each week.

“The Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation is here to serve local food industry businesses and their employees who show up each day to forge ahead during these uncertain times,” said Russell Kirkpatrick, Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival co-founder. “They’ve played an essential role in the growth of the festival and the advancement of our local culinary scene and we want them to know we have their backs.”

Without the ability to host a large-scale event in 2020, FWFWF will instead show appreciation for local restaurants by dedicating Oct. 19-25, 2020 to celebrating area food and beverage businesses. Specific details will be announced in early August. Visit FWFWF.com for updates.

About Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is North Texas’ most celebrated cuisine and beverage festival, taking place over four days and nights in venues around our thriving culinary community. The festival’s growing roster of talented chefs and food artisans – as well as craft brewers and distinctive vintners – brings a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the diversity of the city itself. But it’s more than good food and good fun – it’s a good cause. Proceeds from the festival go to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to deserving students from Fort Worth. For more information about the festival and foundation, visit FWFWF.com.