By KLTV Newsdesk –
The Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival was today officially called off due to heavy rain resulting in poor ground conditions.
Due to start Thursday, 3 August in Greenhead Park, the festival was cancelled last minute by organisers Huddersfield Live in consultation with Kirklees Council.
In a statement, organisers said that “48 hours of incessant rain across [the] site” has made it “practically impossible” for traders and equipment to set up, and would impact both the visitor’s experience and possibly safety, were the event to go ahead.
The statement added that the forecast was set to worsen over the weekend and that the difficult decision had to be made.
The festival, last held in 2019, usually takes place in St George’s Square; however, planned works meant organisers had to find a different venue, eventually settling on Greenhead Park.
This year’s event was planned to feature musical acts, family-friendly activities, and much more beyond the usual array of food and drink.
Organisers have said that their priority was to contact traders, suppliers, and “everyone integral to the planning and delivering of the event”.
It is hoped that the festival could return at a later date, with organisers aiming to contact supporters about rescheduling over the next few days.