Tasting Australia will be postponed, after the federal government today advised against mass gatherings of more than 500 people to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The festival, which was scheduled to run from March 27 to April 5, released a joint statement from director Simon Bryant and Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed this afternoon.

“We have taken the decision out of an abundance of caution,” the statement reads. “The decision also follows concerns that a number of our international and national talent were assessing their ability to participate in the festival at this time, and some had already indicated they were unable to travel.

“The decision to postpone Tasting Australia is the right one as we want to ensure a spectacular and, importantly, safe experience for all. In light of today’s announcement, we would not have been able to deliver the experience that Tasting Australia patrons have come to expect or deserve to receive.”

Festival organisers are currently working towards a revised date in October or November.

“We know spring is a beautiful time of year in Adelaide. And when the world gets on top of this pandemic and the rays of sunshine come through, we hope to together enjoy the full potential of Tasting Australia 2020.

“Once Tasting Australia’s new dates have been confirmed, a further announcement will be made, and all current ticketholders will have the opportunity to transfer the date of their tickets or receive a refund.”

To read the full statement visit tastingaustralia.com.au