Coffee Fest PNW Canceled Due to COVID, Announces Variety of Coffee Focused Virtual Events & Resources

Aug 13

Holly Barrett

Coffee Fest PNW Canceled Due to COVID, Announces Variety of Coffee Focused Virtual Events & Resources

By: Holly Barrett

Tacoma, WA, August 13, 2020 – Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group has announced today that Coffee Fest PNW 2020, originally scheduled for October 24 & 25 is now canceled. This decision was made by the City of Tacoma as they have decided to cancel all events hosted at the convention center through November 2020. Both governmental direction and public health advisories related to the ongoing impact of the COVID-10 pandemic and the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation in the State of Washington influenced the decision.

“We see and feel the impact that this pandemic is having on specialty coffee businesses and restaurants – both now and in the future. While ultimately it was not our decision to cancel our event in Tacoma, we understand and believe that it is not possible at this time to safely host an event that brings people together,” said Erika Lowery, Portfolio Director for Coffee Fest. “Our hearts are with the specialty coffee community and we will continue to support it in as many ways as we can to ensure it successfully rebounds from this pandemic in time.”

Coffee Fest face-to-face connections are scheduled to resume with the following events: 

  • Coffee Fest New York/ The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York/Healthy Food Expo New York - March 7-9, 2021 at the Javits Center, New York City.
  • Coffee Fest San Antonio - June 18-19, 2021- at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX.
  • Coffee Fest Anaheim/ The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo/ Healthy Food Expo West - August 22-24, 2021 at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA.
  • Coffee Fest PNW 2021 dates in the Fall and location TBD.

“In light of the fact that large-scale gatherings are not possible, Coffee Fest is committed to providing tools and resources for specialty coffee businesses. Our team has been working tirelessly on ways to keep the specialty coffee community connected, engaged and supported, “says Lowery. “We are pleased to support the marketplace with several new ideas, including a new virtual event.”

Coffee Fest To Go is a virtual event, hosted August 26 & 27 to connect suppliers and service providers with specialty coffee buyers and to provide focused industry education, which Coffee Fest is known for.

In addition;

Weekly Webinar Series – Webinar education brought by industry experts with a focus on the changing times and solutions to problems surrounding operating a specialty coffee business in a pandemic environment. Click here for details.

Coffee Fest Facebook Community group – An open online format for specialty coffee business discussions, solutions and networking on Facebook. Click here for more.

Lotus Barista Challenge – A new competition in partnership with Lotus Energy focused on the creative recipes cafes use to sell the product and create great demand for the product in cafes all over the US.

Master Chats – A series of barista-to-barista virtual discussions live-streamed via Instagram in partnership with Slow Pour Supply.

COVID-19 Resource Center – ongoing listing of webinars, articles, associations, data, etc. to help specialty coffee businesses get connected to the resources needed to survive and thrive. Click here for details.


About Coffee Fest: Coffee Fest is a trade-only event serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Coffee Fest draws more than 10,000 attendees, exhibitors and competitors a year, connecting regional coffee communities through regional tradeshow events specially designed for specialty coffee and tea professionals. For more details about Coffee Fest, to see the winners of Coffee Fest competitions and much more, visit