RoMa Craft Tobac, today announced that their 10th Anniversary event, WeaselFest 2020, is once again being delayed. The event had previously been re-scheduled from the Memorial Day weekend to the Labor Day weekend amidst global concerns regarding the CoVid-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Due to a recent surge of coronavirus cases in the region, the City of Austin and Travis County has issued a standing order that prohibits all events and community gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a non-religious facility. Though the order expires on August 15, it is expected to announce at that time all events and community gatherings of more than 100 people will be prohibited.
As of the date of this announcement the City of Austin has not issued, and is not expected to issue, permits for the September 5th event.
The company stated in a press release, “After almost a year of planning, negotiating, promoting and preparing to bring premium cigar consumers a cigar event like they’ve never seen before, we are extremely disappointed to deliver the news that WeaselFest 2020 has, once again, been delayed. While we had hoped that this would not happen again, we knew that there was always a chance that it would. Moving forward, we are exploring options with our event planning partner to reschedule the event. An event of this scale involves a surprising number of contracts and agreements, so we will be spending the next few weeks working with the dozens of talented musicians, distillers, brewers, smokers, chefs and other partners to firm up a new date. However, our tentative plans are to move the entire WeaselFest line-up to next year’s Memorial Day weekend. We will announce our plans once they are finalized.”
As cancellation was always a possibility, attendees were notified during the reservations process that in the event that we were forced to cancel the event due to COVID-19, they would be eligible to receive a partial refund of the base ticket price. All current ticket holders will soon receive an email from RoMa Craft allowing them to elect to receive this refund, or choose from two other options.