County of Renfrew
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14th, 2020
Taste of the Valley 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID-19, Will Return in 2021
Pembroke, ON: The difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Taste of the Valley events in Renfrew County has been taken, very reluctantly, by the County of Renfrew. Taste of the Valley events have become important fixtures in Renfrew County, since the first one was hosted in Cobden in 2007. Celebrations of local food and crafts have become key social events for residents and tourists, and important selling and marketing venues for local food producers, farmers, artists and crafters, attracting up to 1,500 visitors.
“The challenges and issues of safely managing such large events as Taste of the Valley during this COVID-19 pandemic pose too many risks for us to move forward in 2020 with Taste of the Valley”, states Alastair Baird, Manager of Economic Development Services at Renfrew County, and co-founder of Taste of the Valley. “We created Taste of the Valley to promote local food producers and to encourage the growth of Farmers Markets across the County, and that has been very effective and successful,” he adds.
Unfortunately, there are serious concerns about safely managing the large numbers of pedestrians arriving at venues, controlling access to safely manage the number of people on site, ensuring proper social distancing on site and in the lines, and managing vehicle traffic and parking at and around many of the venues. The County cannot in good conscience, move forward with Taste of the Valley 2020. As event organizers across the County and around the world have found, COVID-19 has made it impossible to host special events as usual.
“One of the projects we are developing is a Virtual Taste of the Valley, featuring local food producers on-line. Buyers will be able to virtually meet the farmers and producers, shop all their favorite vendors, and many others, and make local food purchases year ‘round,” according to David Wybou, Taste of the Valley Coordinator and Renfrew County Business Development Officer.
We encourage residents to continue to support local farmers and food producers to buy local foods by visiting one of our many Summer and Farmers Markets which are operating this year.
Eganville- Bonnechere Valley Friday: 3 pm- 5 pm Legion Memorial Field
Barry’s Bay- Madawaska Valley Friday: 11 am – 4 pm Hwy.62 at Stafford Street
Cobden- Whitewater Region Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm Cobden Fairgrounds
Deep River Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm Town Hall Parking Lot
Killaloe- Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm Lion’s Field
Burnstown- McNab/Braeside Friday: 2 pm – 6 pm 1716 Calabogie Road
Pembroke Wed. & Sat. 9 am – 12 pm Pembroke Farmers Market
Information and Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Alastair Baird Manager of Economic Development, County of Renfrew 613-732-0354
David Wybou Business Development Officer, County of Renfrew 613-687-4918
Michael Barber Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew 613-735-7288
Taste of the Valley 2020 Cancelled
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