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Bitter & Twisted 2020 cancelled amid COVID-19 fears

It will be a case of the gaol with no beer in Maitland this year with one of the city’s flagship events cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular Bitter & Twisted Festival, which was to be held at Maitland Gaol from November 7-9 will not go ahead in 2020 following a lack of easing restrictions around mass public gatherings.

Maitland Council’s events manager Adam Franks said that the decision on whether to go ahead with the festival had been delayed as long as possible, with Council remaining optimistic of a positive outcome.

“COVID-19 has not been kind to the events industry and Bitter & Twisted
2020 is no exception,” he said.

“In the interest of our community’s health and wellbeing, the decision to cancel Bitter & Twisted was a difficult but, ultimately, a necessary one.”

Council were also quick to remind Hunter beer fanciers that despite the festival not going ahead, that the impact of the cancellation can be offset somewhat by supporting the many craft beer producers, venues and cellar doors that we are lucky enough to have in our neck of the woods.

Despite the cancellation, Maitland Council are still pushing ahead with preparations. for its 2020 New Year’s Eve celebrations but will be monitoring the situation closely and will follow advice from the State and Federal Governments.

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Written by Newcastle Live

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