2021 Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience canceled – Naples Daily News

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The 2021 Paradise Coast Wine & Food Experience planned for Oct. 2 is canceled. 

The Delta variant of COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of the event for the second year in a row, which last took place when the festival brought Martha Stewart and many other notable chefs and cooks to Cambier Park in Naples for a day of food, wine and cooking demonstrations. 

From 2019: Paradise Coast Wine and Food Experience showcases dozens of local restaurants

The 2019 event drew about 1,600 hungry Southwest Floridians to enjoy small bites from 35 area chefs and restaurants. It’s part of a national program from Gannett’s USA TODAY Network that tours through a number of cities including Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

“After careful thought and consideration, we have made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 USA Today Wine & Food Experience Tour, as well as the majority of our other planned in person events,” said Jason Taylor, Gannett president of events and promotions.

“The Delta variant is continuing to surge and we want to make sure we are doing our part to slow the spread and keep our communities safe. We encourage you to take part in our TO GO program and continue supporting your local restaurants. We can’t wait to be back in person when it’s safe to do so.’

Instead of the in-person event, the USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience team is launching two programs: Wine & Food TO GO and Wine & Food DESIGN.

The former will support local restaurants by promoting restaurants and their takeout/delivery programs through marketing and social media, and the latter is an invitation for community members to submit designs for the 2022 tour merchandise. 

In the meantime, all ticket holders should be refunded on or before Sept. 17. 

Andrew Atkins writes about food and features for the Naples Daily News. Contact him via email at [email protected]. To support work like Andrew’s, please consider subscribing: https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/

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