Vancouver Craft Beer Week postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Organizers of Vancouver Craft Beer Week announced March 17 that the beloved annual beer festival will be postponed until later in the summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

“Given the global situation with COVID-19, and in light of recent announcements from the Prime Minister and B.C.’s Ministry of Health, and in the best interest of our attendees, staff, vendors, volunteers and partners, we have made the decision to postpone Vancouver Craft Beer Week and the VCBW festival,” organizers said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “In the meantime, while you’re out there stocking up, be sure to visit your local brewery — they can use our support right now. Stay safe and check in with one another — our beer community is strong and we will get through this together.”

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Organizers are hopeful the 2020 festival will still be on, but at a later date. However, given the ever-evolving nature of the outbreak, new dates have not yet been confirmed.

“Thank you for your patience while we continue to monitor the situation, regroup and confirm new details as soon as possible,” the press release stated.

Although the event was originally scheduled for May 29 to June 7, 2020, organizers said they wanted to have adequate time to adapt to the current climate and implement more precautionary measures as recommended by B.C. Health to ensure the safety of attendees.

The annual VCBW collaboration beer has also been postponed in order for its release to coincide with the new festival dates.

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