The Gonzales Inquirer has announced it is postponing and possibly even canceling the third annual Come and Taste It Craft Beer and Wine Festival. Scheduled for the weekend of April 24-25, officials from the city and county requested the Inquirer cancel the April dates in the interest of fighting the coronavirus.
“I am really disappointed to have to make this announcement,” Gonzales Inquirer Publisher Terry Fitzwater said. “This was going to be our best event ever as we had lined up some incredible beer participants and the music lineup this year featuring Augie Meyers was going to be spectacular.
“I feel bad for the community too, because we publicize this event in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and other areas around the state so we will lose all that publicity. When you combine the fact that we lose tourist dollars in the hotels, restaurants, bars and retail shops, well, that’s very disappointing.
“However, upon reflection, I agree that we have to do this in the interest of public health with the world pandemic that is afflicting everyone. We believe it is better to be safe than sorry and we need to follow the social distancing protocol. I do hope everyone understands why we had to do.”
The Inquirer is considering moving the event to the fall after Come and Take It, but there are a lot of moving parts that have to be addressed before any permanent decision can be made on whether to re-schedule the event or cancel it outright.
Augie Meyers of Texas Tornado fame was the headliner, with the Bethany Becker Band, Tequila Black, Jason Patten and LEDFOOT and the Pilgrim Opry New Heirs Band on the docket.
The Inquirer will keep everyone informed when a decision is made on the future of the festival for 2020.