NORFOLK, Va. - Due to the forecasted weather impacts of Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen, Sunday, October 20 of the 2019 Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival has been canceled. According to a release by Norfolk Festevents, Saturday of the festival will continue as planned, but the decision to cancel the festival on Sunday brought pain to all sides.
"It hurts us more than it hurts the people that wanted to come on and can’t come anymore," Jordan Lett, the festival's Marketing Director, said.
All Sunday tasting tickets and general admission tickets will be honored at the gate on Saturday, but the festival organizers said there will be larger crowds.
“It’s a large park, we’ve got plenty of space, but we are expecting an uptick in attendance on Saturday," Lett said. "We don’t foresee any security issues or anything like that.”
The cancellation is also impacting some vendors. Ben Droppleman, manager of Strawberry Street Events, and an associate set up their tent where they will sell seafood.
Droppleman said was a vendor at prior Wine Festivals and would stay for both days. He called the cancellation a benefit for them and hopes to get the same amount of business they would have gotten in one weekend, in one day.
“It’ll actually benefit us more of not being out here during the storm because it’ll help as far as labor and different cost and everything like that," Droppleman explained, "not having to deal with being out here, not making any money, and everything running.”
Sunday Reserved Table guests can email firstname.lastname@example.org to transfer their reserved table to Saturday while supplies last.
Any Sunday ticket holders unable to attend the festival on Saturday can either receive credit toward admission to the 2020 Spring or Fall Wine Festivals or receive a refund for the face value of the unused ticket by emailing email@example.com.
The "Cork and Fork" VIP Grand Tasting is also canceled. Ticket holders will be refunded.