COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Italian Festival and the Taste of Italy are canceled for 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Columbus Italian Festival Executive Board announced the cancellations Tuesday in a statement posted to the festival website. The board cited safety concerns and financial reasons as part of the decision to cancel this year's festivities.
Organizers plan on both events returning in 2021.
The Taste of Italy was originally scheduled this year for October 5 and the Columbus Italian Festival was scheduled for October 9-11.
Read the complete statement from the board:
It is with deep disappointment and regret The Columbus Italian Festival Board announces the cancellation of the Taste of Italy to have been held on October 5, 2020 and the 41st annual Columbus Italian Festival to have been held October 9th through October 11th 2020.
The safety of our neighbors, guests, volunteers, staff, participants, sponsors, vendors and everyone involved is our greatest priority. The demands of social distancing, insuring the utmost safe and quality event, and financial responsibility dictate this decision.
We want to thank everyone for their continued support and investment of time and resources. We pray all will understand and concur with this difficult decision. We will miss sharing the love and joy of gathering to celebrate faith, family and friends with food, music and more. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021.