Falmouth Beer festival
It’s the time of year that all real ale enthusiasts from Cornwall and beyond look forward to – the 2011 Falmouth Beer Festival is almost upon us, running Friday & Saturday 21st and 22nd October.
Hosted each year by CAMRA Kernow (the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) the festival is the single largest event of its kind in the county. Admission is £3.50 (£2.00 to CAMRA members) including a souvenir glass. “A limited number of festival tankards will also be available for just a £1.50 upgrade” says Festival organiser, Gerry Wills.
“The Festival is always a fantastic event” says Gerry. “This year should be the best yet, with more than 200 real ales from all over the country, dozens of superb ciders and perries, and the ever-popular alcoholic ginger beers”.
Regular festival-goers will find a big change in the layout. “With the recent refurbishment of the Princess Pavilion we were able to take another look at the way we set out the festival”, explained Gerry. “There is a much bigger and improved entrance foyer, and we’ve moved the Beer Hall to the theatre (where the entertainment used to be), which will provide much more room around the bars than in the past. Cider and perry fans will still find the Cider Marquee out in the gardens.”
As usual the hugely popular token system for purchasing beers will be available.
“The token system makes buying beer at the Festival’s various bars simplicity itself, and gives the staff more time to chat to customers about the beers available” says Gerry. “The tokens can be bought upon entry and at various points throughout the Fest. Unused tokens can either be refunded or donated via the Fest to CAMRA Kernow’s chosen charity for 2011”.
And there’s a bit of good news for anyone who’s a designated driver for their lucky friends. “Just let us know at the entry desk that you’re a driver and we’ll sort you out with free soft drinks throughout the Fest” says Gerry.
CAMRA spokeswoman, Fran Brennan, says, “With more beers than ever this years festival is a must for both real ale aficionados and the general public alike. With so many different styles of beer to choose from there’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste!”
The Falmouth Beer Festival is always well supported both by locals and by people who travel from all over the country to be there. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone come and enjoy themselves again this year” says Fran, adding “And if you’re on Facebook you can follow the Fest’s set-up progress via our official fan page: www.facebook.com/falbeerfest . You can even download a sneak preview of the Festival programme, which contains all the beer lists, and a floor plan of our new layout; so you’ll be able to find your way to the bars quickly!” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info”.