You’d think that the one thing you could count on at an all-you-can-eat pizza festival would be pizza. But in the latest example of a food festival failing miserably at delivering on its primary purpose, a U.K. pizza event is apologizing for running out of pies.
For £15 ($26), the Notting Hill Pizza Festival promised unlimited amounts of “pizza for every palate.” Instead, attendees had to wait in line for up to an hour for a single slice, the BBC reports.
Festivalgoer Tim Swabey told the BBC that after waiting for half an hour, he was rewarded with a slice that “looked like something that had already passed through a cat’s digestive system.”
Content to blame the attendees, at least in part, event organizers Bellmonte Life said that the combination of enthusiastic eaters and small ovens was behind the pitiful supply of pizza.
“Despite the best efforts of our team preparing the pizzas in the smaller ovens, the flow of pizzas was slower than intended,” said Bellmonte Life in a statement. “In contrast to claims that there were not enough pizzas, this was not the case. Our team was hard at work to ensure that everyone was able to sample pizzas. However, it was unfortunate that the queues grew due to some overzealous appetites, preventing others to be able to enjoy the food.”
Preceded by such dismal events as the Portland Taco Festival that ran out of tacos, the Big Cheese Festival that ran out of cheese, and “London’s biggest pizza party” that ran out of slices four hours early, the Notting Hill Pizza Festival has thus secured a spot in the annals of great food disappointments.
As a consolation for the pizza debacle, the company has reportedly offered ticket-holders gratis VIP passes for a barbecue festival this summer. Here’s hoping Bellmonte Life learns how to feed people by then.
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