Cambridge & District CAMRA 40th Cambridge Beer Festival
That is it for the 40th outing of the Cambridge Beer Festival ... we finally cleared the site around 4pm on Friday 31st May 2013. Unfortunately, we were not as fortunate to have a repeat of last years fantastic weather. However, despite the rain showers and the general coolness of the week, there were the odd sunny periods especially over the bank holiday weekend, which helped encouraged a very respectable 35,000 of you to visit to the festival. Thank you for braving the weather.
You sampled 211 different beers, 73 different ciders, 44 different foreign beers, 18 different perries, 16 different wines and 9 different meads. But lets not forget that yo consumed a tonne of cheese, 100's of loaves of bread, boxes and boxes of Corkers Chips, 100's of Pork pies, Scotch Eggs and a quarter of a tonne of Pork Scratchings.
The team from Camtrust, this year's Festival Charity, had a fantastic week with us and raised around £6700 to help fund their excellent work. From everyone at Camtrust and the festival team, a big thank you to everyone who donated to Camtrust.
We hope you had a good time and will be joining us again next year. In the mean time, we look forward to seeing you all, visitors and volunteers, again at our next event, the Cambridge & District CAMRA 7th Cambridge Octoberfest in October on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th October 2013 at the University Social Club.
We would just like to thank the local residents and the users of Jesus Green for their continuing support, consideration and understanding whilst the festival is on Jesus Green.
Finally, thanks also go to our loyal and hard working volunteers for their continuing to hard work to make the Cambridge Beer Festival a real success. We could not have done it without you, and hope we will see you again next year. THANK YOU one and all.
The beer and cider of the festival
This year, the visiting public voted joint beers of the festival to Oakham Dreamcatcher and Moor Old Freddy Walker. Cromwell's Oliver's Choice was their cider of the festival and the perry of the festival was Whin Hill. The volunteer staff chose Moor Old Freddy Walker as their beer of the festival.
About the festival
The Cambridge Beer Festival was first held in 1974. This festival is the branch's largest and its main beer festival. During its long run, the festival has had several homes but since 2001 has been held on Jesus Green in late May. The festival is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently is the largest regional beer festival in the UK. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draft beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.