West AL Food & Wine Festival
The West Alabama Food & Wine Festival (WAFWF) committee has canceled the 2020 festival out of concern for the safety of all involved and with respect to the local restaurants that are struggling with restrictions due to COVID-19. WAFWF sponsors including Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Nucor Steel, BF Goodrich and Bryant Bank have opted instead to donate the funds directly to American Red Cross’s West Alabama Chapter (ARCWAC), the festival beneficiary, for a total contribution of $11,000. Individual ticket holders will have the option to do the same.
Originally scheduled for April 9, then rescheduled for May 21, the WAFWF has now been cancelled for 2020 because of crowd restrictions and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 date is scheduled for April 8, 2021 at Tuscaloosa River Market.
“The decision to cancel was not made lightly, but our committee chose to put the health, safety and well-being of our valued patrons, special guests and our wonderful local restaurant partners and vendors first,” said Debbie Sanford, 2020 WAFWF co-chair.
This is the first time the WAFWF has been cancelled. Since 2012 the festival has grown and increased its gift to ARCWAC. Last year’s donation totaled $18,689.40.
“We are grateful to our community and our local restaurants for their support of the Red Cross through this festival each year and hope you will consider making a gift to Red Cross in lieu of the festival this year. We remain active in disaster efforts, but also help locally with blood supply, fire prevention and recovery and many other things we couldn’t do without your support,” explained Misty Moon, Executive Director of ARCWAC.
You can continue to support our local restaurant, wine and spirits vendors who so generously give of their time, food and talent each year for this festival and others that benefit nonprofits by placing curbside orders and picking up meals to-go. Participating restaurants and vendors for 2020 included 301 Bistro, Avenue Pub, Bon Appetit Café, Bowlero, Brick & Spoon, Broadway Pizzeria, Central Mesa, The Chosen Café, Chuck’s Fish, Crunch Time Pork Skins, Evangeline’s, FIVE, Gourmade Kitchen, Half Shell Oyster House, Heritage House, I Love Juice Bar, Jalapenos, Lucy’s of Tuscaloosa, Nothing Bundt Cake, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Local Roots, River, The Levee, R. Davidson’s Chophouse, Southern Ale House, A Tasty Treat, University Club, Urban Cookhouse, Black Warrior Brewery, Chattanooga Whiskey, Tallulah Brewing, Twisted Barley and Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co with special guest, local chef Fuller Goldsmith.
Additional information about the West Alabama Food & Wine Festival can be found on Facebook and Instagram @WestAlabamaFoodAndWine and at www.westalabamafoodandwine.org.
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