Taste of Downtown Cortland gets postponed

Taste of Downtown Cortland in 2018 (Hannah Bistocchi/Cortland Voice)

A festival that brings hundreds of people to downtown Cortland each year is being postponed, the Cortland Downtown Partnership said in a news release Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown will not take place on July 6, 2019, as originally planned, said Evan Geibel, president of the board of the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

“Taste of Downtown is one of the Cortland Downtown Partnership’s signature events,” said Geibel, who is also the publisher of the Cortland Standard. “Our board wants everybody to taste the best of what Historic Downtown Cortland has to offer, and the best way to make that happen is to delay the event until later in the year.”

The decision came after the partnership’s promotions committee surveyed a number of popular restaurants that said they would not be able to participate on the weekend following the Independence Holiday, Geibel said.

The event will occur later in the year at a date to be announced, Geibel said.

The future of several downtown Cortland events and festivals remain uncertain ever since the resignation of Executive Director Adam MeGivern in January and the subsequent firing of Events Manager Jane Witty in March. Since then, the partnership has been operating with zero employees, with an all-volunteer board of directors overseeing the organization.