JACKSON, Wyo. — A popular annual food celebration hosted by nonprofit Hole Food Rescue has been canceled.

The 6th Annual Million Pound Party, scheduled for August, has been called off. Organizers called it a “difficult and heart-wrenching decision.”

“This decision was not made lightly, but with the health and safety of the community in mind. We know many of you have come to love this event as much as we do, which is why we have high hopes that it will return to the summer event calendar in 2021,” said Sam Simma, director of marketing and communication for Hole Food Rescue.

The annual event includes a pig roast cook-off champion where seven chefs from six local restaurants competed for the “Golden Pig” award last year.

Chefs Tropher Stittmatter and Michael Rollinson from The Handle Bar will have to wait to defend their title from the past two years running.

For Hole Food Rescue, the work continues just the same. The organization, founded seven years ago, rescued over 270,000 pounds of food in 2018, enough to feed 47 families for a year.

Hole Food Rescue hopes to bring the event back in 2021. Photo: Matthew Doherty