One of the events Apt613 foodies most looked forward to in March has, unfortunately, been called off. Ottawa Coffee Fest organizers made the difficult decision to postpone in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Although the risk remains low in Ottawa, “we believe that this is in the best interest of everyone involved… in order to prevent any potential risk of transmission,” said co-organizer Melanie Burgess in a statement.
In light of recent announcements regarding the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ottawa and the declaration by the World Health Organization, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 edition of the Ottawa Coffee Fest. Please go to our website for more info. pic.twitter.com/FNA9VtnLaP
— Ottawa Coffee Fest / Café fest Ottawa (@OTTCoffeeFest) March 12, 2020
“This decision was not made lightly as we knew the situation might change rapidly, but at the end of the day, the health and safety of our community is what matters most.”
More than 500 people attended the first-ever Coffee Fest at Lansdowne Park in 2019. Due to popular demand, the organizers extended the one-day event to two days in anticipation of higher turnout.
Coffee Fest is a volunteer-run, community initiative founded in 2019 by a small team of local coffee lovers. Their second annual event will be rescheduled for a later date. Watch Apt613 for an update.
Please look to Ottawa Public Health for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, tips for monitoring and self-isolation, plus the answers to frequently asked questions.
As Ottawa households prepare for the possibility of quarantines and self-isolation, we at Apt613 would like to encourage stockpiling locally roasted coffee beans! It should come as no surprise that independent businesses, such as cafés and restaurants, will suffer in the event of a local outbreak. So before you max out the credit card at Costco, please consider spending at your neighbourhood shops. Local businesses will need our support.