After what will be a 16 month break the Cheshire Beer Festival returns to the prestigious Chester Racecourse for the fifth time on March 22nd and 23rd next year. It is hoped that the move from November to March will enable more people to fit the event into their social calendars than would be the case in the rather frenetic period leading up to the festive season. For the first time the festival will be open all day on both Friday and Saturday so having paid your admission you will be free to stay for the whole session. The upper floor within the County Stand will again be in use with plenty of seating for those who like to enjoy their beers in a slightly less boisterous environment while the lower floor will be a hive of activity as usual.
Judging for the Champion Beer of Cheshire competition will take place on Friday 22nd prior to the opening session of the festival so we look forward to the county’s brewers providing us with their very best beers. There will be over 80 real ales in total with around 40 from Cheshire and the remainder from all parts of Britain. In addition, over 20 ciders and perries will be on offer.
The historic Racecourse is located just outside the city walls a few minutes walk from the centre of Chester. Hot and cold food will available throughout and there will live entertainment and pub games. There is plenty of free parking right by the entrance and the venue is accessible for the less able. Tickets are available on-line and from selected local pubs early in the New Year.
Like all CAMRA festivals, the Cheshire Beer Festival® is organised and run by unpaid volunteers from across the county. We are always looking for volunteers, old and new. As a volunteer you get free beer. If you’d like to help out, whether just for a few hours one day or throughout the whole festival, you will be made most welcome. Don’t worry about needing experience, as training will be given and we have a wide range of jobs available. Find out more on the volunteer’s page.