The ADSA was scheduled to commence judging at Melbourne Showgrounds on Tuesday 24 March, concluding the following afternoon.
Brad Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria said the health and wellbeing of those involved is our highest priority.
“The health of our judges, stewards and staff is our highest priority and in the current climate regarding the COVID-19 outbreak we believe that postponing the event to a later date is the best option” said Mr Jenkins.
“To maintain the integrity of the Awards at the highest standard, we want all judges, stewards and staff to feel comfortable whilst at Melbourne Showgrounds.
“We believe that postponing the event to a later date will ensure that all stakeholders will be comfortable participating in Australia’s first and largest distilled spirits award program” said Mr Jenkins.
All fully paid exhibitors will have the option to remain in the Awards with the RASV to securely store all product at Melbourne Showgrounds until a suitable date for judging is announced.
Recognising the impact on many of the small distilleries that have entered the Awards, an option of a full refund and return of product will be available to those that choose this.
The Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) presentation event will be postponed and any guests who have purchased a ticket will have the option for a full refund.
Mr Jenkins was thrilled to have the support of the distilling industry and advised updates will be shared when more information becomes available.
“We appreciate the incredible support of the Australian Distilling Industry that has led to a terrific increase in participation this year.”
“We will ensure that all exhibitors are kept well informed on the new judging dates when official precautionary actions regarding mass gatherings and the COVID-19 response becomes clearer” said Mr Jenkins.