The Taste of Bloomington told the community via a Facebook post that this year’s festival is canceled. The announcement cited the rising cost of supplies, a labor shortage, and the continued effects of the pandemic on the restaurant industry.
Here is the text of the post:
“After much consideration, it is with heavy hearts that the Taste of Bloomington committee announces the cancellation of its 2022 event. Due to increased supply costs, labor shortages, and additional ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local restaurant industry, we are regretfully forced to make this difficult decision.
The Taste of Bloomington committee is dedicated to organizing an event that meets the expectations of quality of previous years, as well as a robust variety of food and beverage vendors. With key vendors unable to participate this year, we cannot host the event in good conscience.
Those who paid for advance tickets will be refunded in full. We wholeheartedly thank all of the restaurants, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who planned to participate in the event, and we hope to bring it back better than ever in 2023.
Foul language and disrespectful comments will not be tolerated below. Please know that our committee is as disappointed to have to share this news as you are to read it.”
The event announcement on Visit Bloomington was also updated: