Another local event has become a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers of Crave! Food & Drink Celebration issued a statement today saying the 2020 event in mid-July in Spokane Valley is being canceled.
"The COVID-19 crisis makes it impossible to schedule and coordinate the many moving parts of this great event," says local chef and Crave! director/co-founder Adam Hegsted.
"There are not enough words to describe the extraordinary challenges for the culinary and associated industries at this time. We feel that it is more important than ever to help meet the needs of those we know are impacted during this time, culinary industry employees and their families that have been laid off," Hegsted adds.
The annual culinary celebration in Spokane Valley, launched in 2017, brings together local and regional chefs, restaurants, food producers and food lovers for five days of tastings, demonstrations, panels and more.
Ticket holders for Crave! 2020 can roll over their tickets to next year's event, set for July 15-18, 2021, receive a refund, or donate their ticket purchase amount to the newly founded food insecurity nonprofit Spokane Food Fighters, of which Hegsted is a partner. Those who've already purchased tickets for this year's Crave! should contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.