Organizers for the New Orleans Bourbon Fest will postpone the 2021 New Orleans Bourbon Festival to March 2022 amid the latest surge in COVID cases.
In a letter sent from festival co-founders to ticketholders, organizers said “concern over well-being” of involved parties, coupled with event requirements set forth by city officials and the results of a survey given to ticketholders led to their decision to postpone.
Organizers said city officials would only allow an event permit if the festival required proof of vaccination or a negative test, along with masking for all attendees, volunteers, and vendors.
“We realize that any decision we make is going to not sit well with everyone,” the co-founders said in the letter. “We cannot find a way to satisfy everyone when the emotional nature of vaccinations and masks are pushed into the mix.”
Tickets for the 2021 festival will be automatically deferred to 2022 and if not used then, to 2023. No refunds will be issued, organizers said.
“We are hopeful that March will look better for us, and at a minimum, we will be able to consider an outdoor event if necessary,” the co-founders said.
Ticketholders can forward any individual requests for use of tickets, including deferment, charitable contribution letters and facilitating secondary ticket sales via e-mail at email@example.com.
The 2021 New Orleans Bourbon Fest was scheduled to take place Aug. 18 to Aug. 21 at the Hilton Riverside and Contemporary Arts Center. The annual event features seminars, grand tastings, dinners and other bourbon-centric events.
Organizers said they will release future updates regarding the rescheduled festival on the website and social media pages.