Ticket holders to the recently cancelled Richmond Food and Beer Festival are being offered free entry to River Street Events’ BBC Good Food Festival taking place at Hampton Court Palace over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Richmond show was due to be held on 23-25 August. It was cancelled by organiser FAB Festival, with the firm releasing the statement: “Following large financial losses incurred at an event held earlier this year by ThreePears Events (UK), trading as FAB Festivals, the company has failed to findsufficient financial backing to put the Richmond event on and the company has now ceased to trade.”
FAB Festival was unavailable for further comment, when contacted by Exhibition News.
Following the cancellation of the event, River Street Events MD Laura Biggs decided to make the free ticket offer to ticket holders of the Richmond show.
She said: “I’m sorry that the FAB Festival won’t be going ahead, I can understand the challenges well and it’s a tough business but I am pleased that we can offer some consolation to those who had purchased a ticket.”
Paul Gray, palace director for Hampton Court Palace added: “It’s never good news when an event is cancelled, leaving many people disappointed and out of pocket. Therefore, we at Historic Royal Palaces are delighted to be able to welcome ticket holders of the cancelled FAB event to the inaugural BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace.”
River Street Events’ new BBC Good Food Show Spring held in Harrogate on 25-27 April, was “the best opening for a consumer show in the last 10 years” according to Harrogate International Centre (HIC) director Simon Kent.
The exhibition attracted around 15,000 visitors and 136 exhibitors.