Manchester to host first ever international brewing & cider festival

The city of Manchester will host the first ever International Brewing & Cider Festival, a two-day ticketed event showcasing the finest beers and ciders from around the world.

The Festival will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2024 at Depot Mayfield Manchester, offering a rare opportunity for the public to taste a vast range of local, national and international drinks, including award-winning beers and ciders from The International Brewing & Cider Awards.

The Festival is being organised by the world’s most historic international beer and cider competition, The International Brewing & Cider Awards, which will relocate to Manchester having been hosted at The National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent for the last decade.

For the first time in its 137-year history, the Awards will be accompanied by a public festival, and represents a significant milestone in the Awards’ commitment to promoting and supporting the brewing and cider industries. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to sample beers or ciders from worldwide brewers and cidermakers entered into the International Brewing & Cider Awards, including the award-winners.

This one-of-a-kind Festival aims to bring together beer and cider enthusiasts, industry professionals and the general public for a weekend filled with camaraderie, live music, mouthwatering food trucks, and most importantly, well-crafted beer and exceptional cider.

The International Brewing & Cider Festival is not only a celebration of the best brewers and cidermakers from around the world, but also a chance to support local breweries and the wider industry.

Ruth Evans MBE, director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards and organiser of the Festival, said: “We are thrilled that, 137 years into our history, we are hosting our first ever International Brewing & Cider Festival and bringing our world-renowned Awards to Manchester.

“The International Brewing & Cider Awards is the most historic international competition of its kind, and it is important that we innovate and expand, and our move to Manchester and the introduction of our Festival is part of that evolution.

“The city has a rich history in brewing and an up-and-coming cider scene making it a fitting location for our expansion. Our ethos has always been to support the brewing and cidermaking industry on a not-for-profit basis and celebrate the best beers and ciders from around the world, providing the recognition they truly deserve.

“The Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible talent of brewers and cidermakers and to share their passion with the public. The move to Manchester also allows us to forge valuable new partnerships with local organisations and community stakeholders, as well as extend the knowledge and appreciation of a win at the competition.

“We hope this festival becomes a tradition, opening to the public once our Awards concludes on the Friday this is a hugely exciting time for us and we are very excited to be descending on Manchester in March.”

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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