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22nd March 2024

International Brewing & Cider Festival Officially Opens in Manchester

The International Brewing & Cider Festival has opened its doors for a fun-filled weekend celebrating incredible and award-winning drinks from breweries and cider mills from around the world, a buzzing live music lineup and tasty street food.  

Thousands of people are expected to descend upon Depot Mayfield, Manchester, this weekend for the much-anticipated debut International Brewing & Cider Festival, where event guests will have the opportunity to sample hundreds of incredible and award-winning beers and ciders from all over the world. 

Taking place this weekend (Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March), the International Brewing & Cider Festival is expected to bring together what is expected to be the UK’s most extensive pouring lineup of top-tier and award-winning beers and ciders in the Festival’s Competition Zone from international brewers and cidermakers entered into the Festival’s partner event, The International Brewing & Cider Awards.  

The Festival’s Bar Zone boasts an impressive lineup of both local independents and renowned breweries from across the country, including Courier Brewing Co., Vocation, Big Trip Brewery and Joseph Holt to name a few. Cider enthusiasts can look forward to tasting a variety of pours from well-known cider mills including Nightingale Cider Company and Twisted Cider. 

The Festival will offer guests the opportunity to sample a wide range of delectable drinks accompanied by a variety of delicious street food options, including tasty bites from food vendors Rokit, Honey Buns and The Smoking Coal in its outdoor courtyard. Complemented by a buzzing live music lineup featuring excellent Northern-based, up-and-coming artists such as The Recreation, Royal Blue and DJ Sam Mawson, the International Brewing & Cider Festival will boast a vibrant atmosphere, bringing the community together while celebrating excellence in brewing and cidermaking.   

Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards which is running the Festival, said: “We’re immensely proud to host the first-ever International Brewing & Cider Festival in the vibrant city of Manchester, where we will celebrate the finest beers and ciders from both local independents as well as world-renowned and award-winning breweries and cider mills across the globe. 

“This festival is about more than just drinks, but is a tribute to the rich history of brewing and cidermaking, offering a dual solution for industry professionals and the wider public alike, allowing brewers and cidermakers to market their finest products direct to consumer, while offering unparalleled insight into industry innovation to the wider public.” 

Tickets for The International Brewing & Cider Festival can still be purchased via the festival’s official website starting from £20*. For an enhanced experience, a token wristband provides the opportunity to sample five beers and ciders from The International Brewing & Cider Awards.  

Festivalgoers are being encouraged to download the event’s dedicated ‘IBCFest’ digital app, available on IOS and Android devices, designed as a comprehensive event companion to elevate guest experience to new heights during the Festival. Through the app, guests will have unlimited access to the on tap and live artist lineups, as well as the opportunity to share their selfies for a chance to be featured across the event’s big screen. 

The International Brewing & Cider Festival has partnered with two charities; Forever Manchester and Spoons. Festival attendees will be able to include a ‘Digital Pint’ donation alongside their ticket purchase, with 100% of the proceeds being split between the two charities.   

The International Brewing & Cider Festival takes place at Depot Mayfield on Baring Street on Friday, March 22nd. There are three sessions across the weekend – ‘Beer Geek’ session from 6pm – 11pm on Friday, 11am – 4pm and 6pm – 11pm on Saturday, March 23rd. 



Press: Media enquiries for The International Brewing and Cider Awards: Umpf –, 0800 4 10 20 10. 

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