Edinburgh Cocktail Week has announced the cancellation of its 2020 festival, which was due to take place from 12-18 October, with the event now postponed until 11-17 October 2021.
Gary Anderson, Edinburgh Cocktail Week’s managing director, said: “Before I get into the bad news, I would first like to personally thank you all for your patience over the last few months.
“Your support gave us time to see how the coronavirus situation would develop, how and when restrictions would be eased, and how we could possibly deliver this year’s festival in line with Government guidance.
“I would also like to pay thanks to all our partners and suppliers, whose support and flexibility has been incredible.
“At this time, we are not confident physical distancing will have been lifted by October. Physical distancing drastically reduces the capacity of the participating bars, event venues and the Cocktail Village, which makes even a scaled-back festival impossible for us to deliver.
“Therefore, despite our very best efforts and unbreakable optimism, we sadly announce the cancellation of Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2020.
“I understand how disappointing this news must be for everyone who was looking forward to a day out with their friends – it is just as heart breaking for us too.
“However, we will be back! An extra year gives us time to plan even bigger celebrations for our 5th birthday party in October 2021. I look forward to raising a glass with you then!”
Although this year’s festival has been cancelled, the Edinburgh Cocktail Week team do not plan to completely disappear. They are continuing to work with brand partners to create a calendar of events, pop-ups and experiences that can be delivered safely and help support the reopening of the Edinburgh hospitality industry.
Tickets purchased for this year’s festival are automatically valid for the 2021 event, with refunds also available.