No waiters ‘race, no farmers’ market this year in Annecy. The gastronomy festival, which must be held on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16 on Place François-de-Menthon, is canceled.
For the organizers, it is too complicated to organize security, especially because of sanitary pass which is mobilized in the city center on Saturday.
“I returned my apron”
Gérard Rey, from national grouping of self-employed hotels and restaurants, throw in the towel when it comes to the security measures to be put in place. “The prefecture recommended putting up barriers two meters high. We do not have the budget or the means to set up such a system“, explains the organizer, annoyed.”I returned my apron. We’ve been talking to each other for months, it’s a huge disappointment.“
Like every Saturday, the anti-health pass protesters gather, some being hostile to restaurateurs who are obliged to request the pass.
“I am outraged because the demonstrators want us, they wanted bars and restaurants to refuse the health pass and close. We too need to work, to feed our families. I see it as an attack on freedom.” – Gérard Rey, organizer of the gastronomy festival.
Discussions are underway to try to postpone the event until next spring.