St John Coronavirus Cancellations: Meals Occasions
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While many St John restaurants, food companies, and event organizers have been trying to cope with the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), St John-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced on Thursday March 12th that everyone exposed to important meetings. Expect lots of cancellation notifications in the coming days.
Here is a list in alphabetical order of all the changes, postponements, and cancellations of St John Food events that we know of so far. If you find out about a cancellation, please email [email protected].
Calle Ocho Festival. The food and music festival, which spans over 20 blocks from Little Havana and includes ten music stages, has been canceled for 2020. The event should take place on March 15th.
Concrete beach. Wynwood Brewery is closing its taproom for a week, stating, “The health and safety of our drinkers, employees, and the community is our top priority, and we are taking additional measures to ensure their well-being. Out of caution, we’ve chosen that Concrete Beach Brewery will close for a week starting today, Friday March 13th, and have canceled all taproom events in March. We will continue to evaluate and update accordingly. ”
Doral Food & Wine Festival. After consulting with city officials, the organizers of the Doral Food & Wine Festival have postponed the event originally planned for March 21st and 22nd until further notice. The organizers promise to contact the ticket holders for more information.
FIU. The Judith Leiber Young Enthusiasts’ event and afterparty in the Minibar, which is scheduled for this evening, March 12, at 7 a.m. in the Jewish Museum of Florida and at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Minibar, has been postponed.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival. The festival, scheduled for March 18-22 at Arts Park in Hollywood, has been postponed to August 5-9. The organizers of the event, presented by Visit Fort Lauderdale, said they would postpone it “by order of the City of Hollywood” and local health authorities. “
Havana rum train. The Havana Rum Train on Brightline with dates in April and May has been postponed until further notice.
Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. The annual event, which takes up most of downtown Hollywood, has been canceled. The parade and festival should take place on Sunday March 15th.
Jazz in the gardens. Jazz in the Gardens, the annual multi-day event whose 2020 edition was supposed to include food, music and a headlining performance by the legendary Diana Ross, has been canceled. All events related to the festival – including Poetry in the Gardens, the Women’s Impact Luncheon, the official press conference, and the opening party – have also been canceled, according to a statement from St John Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert who declared a state of emergency for the city.
LIV night club. The LIV Nightclub will temporarily shut down until further notice. The club’s management made the following statement: “As the predominant nightlife destination in South Florida, we take the health, wellbeing and safety of our customers and employees seriously and as our number one priority.” All pre-purchased tickets are refundable.
Little Lighthouse Hearts & Stars Gala. The Little Lighthouse Foundation Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend, including the opening party, VIP donor event, and gala, will be postponed to November.
Pinecrest Gardens Chili Cook-Off. Pinecrest Village has canceled the 2020 Chili Cook-Off at Pinecrest Gardens, which was originally scheduled for Saturday March 21st.
Swarm. All Swarm events, including the Leap Beer Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Wynwood, have been postponed until further notice.
Veuve Clicquots Clicquot Weekend. The multi-day event, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 12th through Sunday, March 15th, will not take place as originally planned. A new date will be announced.
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Laine Doss is the food and liquor editor for the St John New Times. It was featured on Eat Street by Cooking Channel and in the Great Food Truck Race by Food Network. She won an Alternative Weekly Award for her contribution on what it’s like to wait for tables.