SUCCESS ON THE WYE
Even before we learned that Beer on the Wye had been announced as finalists in the Visit Herefordshire Tourism Awards for 2016, this year's festival was already being heralded as probably the 'best ever' by organisers Herefordshire CAMRA.
Now in its twelfth year, over 6,300 visitors between them drank over 21,000 pints of beer cider and perry across the two and a half-day weekend the event runs. However, Beer on the Wye isn't about size, it's about that wonderful, but totally intangible and completely unmeasurable concept - atmosphere. With its trademark traditional marquee located in a meadow on the banks of the River Wye, the festival has it by the bucket load. Beer on the Wye has long had the reputation as the 'friendly festival down by the river', so often reinforced with the help of the smiling faces of our 145+ unpaid CAMRA volunteers who work tirelessly to set-up and put the show on. It's trouble-free and laid-back atmosphere attracts people from all over the land, as well as a strong contingent from the city and county itself.
And it's a festival for everyone too, as is evidenced by the comments of the young and old, men and women and those from all walks of life who say such nice things about the festival:
Even the eight bands who played at the festival got swept away in the atmosphere
However, most satisfying this year was the record turnout for the Family Fun Day on the Sunday - it was a sight to behold to see so many families enjoying themselves. See, beer festivals really can be for everyone!
It's also great to be able to celebrate the very best of Herefordshire too. This year, amongst the 137 different ciders and perries on the Cider Bar, were an astonishing 109 from Herefordshire - a world record number of different individual Herefordshire ciders and perries ever assembled under one roof. It seemed so appropriate to showcase the fruits of Herefordshire, as it was also a celebration of the success of a campaign launched at last year's festival, whereby festival-goers signed a petition in support of our many small, local cider and perry producers - whose very existence was being threatened by the removal of a valuable Duty relief they receive.
Amongst the 130 or so cask ales were 26 from the county of Herefordshire, again showing what our local producers are up to.
At the festival were a number of competitions:
It was another great event for our festival charity, Hope Support Services, who once again raised over £3,000 as well as helping with the running of the festival. Based in Ross-on-Wye, Hope provides support for children across Herefordshire whose parents have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.For all the fun of the festival visit our Facebook page.
Next year's festival is due to take place over the weekend of the 7th to the 9th July inclusive. We hope to see you down by the river!