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23rd July 2020

Festival ails

Pandemic causes postponement of 2021 Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

Drinkers who look forward to the North’s largest celebration of beer and cider each January will be disappointed the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Volunteers from local branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have reluctantly concluded it cannot go ahead as envisaged.

Organiser Andrew Rodbourne said: “It remains uncertain when large scale gatherings will be able to resume. However, with the possibility that Manchester Nightingale Hospital will continue to occupy Manchester Central into 2021, we can confirm that Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will not take place at Manchester Central in January 2021.”

The organising team hopes to put on a festival when safe to do so during 2021, subject to a suitable venue being available. This will obviously need to conform to government health regulations and guidance to protect customers and volunteers.

Andrew added: “At this stage, we therefore cannot confirm when or where a festival will be held, but further updates shall be announced as and when we can.

“In the meantime, please continue to support your local pubs, clubs, breweries and cider makers – and above all, stay safe.”

For further information, contact:

David Rigby
07538 702875

Notes to editors:

  1. The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival is organised by volunteers from the nine Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

  2. The festival has run from 2014. The National Cycling Centre was the venue for the first two years. Since 2016, Manchester Central has hosted the festival.

  3. The 2020 festival attracted 14,402 customers to Manchester Central from 23rd – 25th January 2020.

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