Organizers of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, in a move similar to the ill-fated Fyre Festival debacle, canceled the high-priced, six-day New York City cocktail conference one day before it was scheduled to begin.\r\n\r\nThe event was to run May 11-17, with actor Bill Murray set to host a black-tie gala at Central Park\u2019s Loeb Boathouse. Tickets were priced from $275 to $350. Spirits industry veteran James Moreland, previously Bacardi\u2019s Bombay Sapphire ambassador, was leading the group putting on the event. Moreland did not respond to a request for a comment.\r\n\r\n\u201cDue to circumstances beyond our control, we regretfully have to suspend the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and all of the events associated with it,\u201d the organizers said in an email sent to ticket holders on Wednesday. \u201cIt is our intention to reschedule the events in the near future.\u201d\r\n\r\nMCC\u2019s website says tickets will be refunded in full.\r\nChocolate, BBQ and Cocktails Event Still on Track\r\nThe sole event to continue is A Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate, BBQ and Cocktails on May 13 at the Highline Ballroom. It is hosted by The Cocktail Guru, Inc. with tickets priced from $55-75. Tickets are no longer being sold on the MCC site.\r\n\r\nThe event has changed management many times since its inception in 2009, when it became best-known for a splashy annual gala hosted at the New York Public Library.\r\n\r\nMCC was founded in by Lesley Townsend Duval, who ran the event for several years. It was taken over by promoter J.D. Albano in 2014, who canceled the 2015 event with one month\u2019s notice. It lay fallow until the current organizers attempted to resurrect it.\r\n\r\nConsumers, as well as spirits brands, expressed disappointment with the cancellation. William Grant & Sons, parent company of Hendrick\u2019s Gin and Drambuie, planned to sponsor an event in Harlem associated with MCC, but that event was canceled as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cNew York City has long been an important and favorite market for the brands of William Grant & Sons,\u201d Charlotte Voisey, director of brand advocacy for William Grant, said. \u201cThis week's news from MCC does not change our commitment to that.\u201d\r\n\r\nNew York will not be without a cocktail conference for long, however. The organizers of Germany\u2019s Bar Convent Berlin has announced plans to launch Bar Convent Brooklyn in June 2018 at the Brooklyn Expo Center.