Adelaide Food Fringe statement on COVID-19, Monday 16 March, 1pm

The Adelaide Food Fringe is deeply saddened by the devastating implications COVID 19 will have on individuals in our population and by the major impact it will have for Australia’s food, beverage and events industry.

The Adelaide Food Fringe is monitoring the Government and Health authority alerts frequently to keep informed on the best course of action for each individual event in our program.  

As of Monday 16 March 2020 the following changes apply to the Adelaide Food Fringe Program

  • All events with an estimated capacity of 500 or more people have been removed from the Adelaide Food Fringe Program listing
  • The public Make a Stand Day Lemonade Stand event will be cancelled for Sunday 5 April and postponed to another date

Events with estimated smaller capacities which have advised they wish to proceed will remain in the Adelaide Food Fringe Program.

This is consistent with the Australian Government and Australia’s Chief Medical officer’s latest advice:

“Currently, Australia does not have widespread community transmission of COVID-19. To help slow the spread, the Australian Government has advised, effective from Monday 16 March, that organised, non-essential gatherings should be limited to 500 people.”


What we will do

  • We will provide regular updates on the status of events within our listing
  • We will remove any cancelled event from our listing the moment we are informed of advice from the Australian Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer that is inconsistent with their participation


Responsibilities of the small events, food and beverage businesses

The decision to proceed with a small event by individual operators is the sole responsibility of the operator. The Adelaide Food Fringe is an open access online program of South Australian food and beverage events listing individual events produced, funded and insured by the individuals, businesses, venues, clubs and organisations that registered in our program.

The Adelaide Food Fringe does not curate, select, fund, produce, ticket or insure any events in its program nor does it produce its own physical event or venue with vendors.

The small events that remain in our program listing are all individuals, businesses and organisations that are hosting events for less than 500 people and are therefore operating within the current recommendations. Indeed most of the remaining events are for a capacity of 60 people or less.


The decision to continue with an event with a capacity below 500 is entirely the responsibility of each event. Cancelled events will be advised to the Adelaide Food Fringe and immediately removed from the program listing.  Each cancelled event has been instructed to notify their ticket holders and audience immediately.

We know that every small business and venue that are involved in our festival is working around the clock with extra measures to provide as safe and healthy environment as possible for their staff, customers and people attending their Adelaide Food Fringe events.

The near future is uncertain but whatever happens over the next few weeks, the Adelaide Food Fringe is indebted to the support of our sponsors, event presenters and the public of our festival concept. We have been overjoyed and overwhelmed by the public response as well as the amount, quality and diversity of events everyone has brought to our little celebration aimed at sharing grass roots ideas and expression of our great state’s diverse food and drink culture.

If we make it to the finish line this year that would be wonderful but if we don’t, I can assure everyone we will be working our heart out to bring back the Adelaide Food Fringe in 2021 and hope you will join us again in what I hope will be a much less difficult time.


In addition to the health alerts links provided to each event, The Adelaide Food Fringe has also provided each event the following Government Health Department information and fact sheets:

  • Information for Business and Industry – COVID-19

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for employers

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frequently asked questions

  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19