Wing Fest’s founder on how the pandemic is affecting events and street food

By Joe Lutrario contact

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With social distancing rules likely to be in place until the end of the year there’s a big question mark over 2020’s food festivals and other larger food-related events.

Wing Fest started life in a pub car park but in just a few years has grown to become a major player on the food festival scene with events in London, Manchester and Bristol.

The pandemic has already seen the cancellation of Wing Fest’s Bristol event but founder Richard Thacker is hoping the other two will go ahead at some point this year.

“We’re still seeing some ticket sales for the London event which is very positive,” he says. “We’re crossing our fingers for mid-July but that may be be a bit optimistic.”

Pushing London Wing Fest back to September is also an option but Thacker says that it will be nearly impossible to run the festival with social distancing measures in place. 

“The nature of a festival is people standing in front of stages and queuing for food. If we suddenly have to social distance it means the capacity is no longer the capacity, which means commercials don’t stack up.”

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