Record-breaking year for the 31st East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
The organiser of the 31st East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival in St Edmundsbury Cathedral has thanked everyone as it once again broken records for the event.
Organised by West Suffolk and Borders Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) the six-day festival in Bury St Edmunds, between August 23 and 28, had more than 250 real ales, around 50 ciders, live music and food on offer.
Martin Bate said the highly-popular event had been remarkable as it broke new ground.
He said: “We had a record attendance for more than 6,000 people, we nearly sold out of all our beer – having 50,000 pints at the start and being left with only 1,000 at the end.”
The festival was staffed and run by around 200 volunteers and Martin wanted to thank everyone that helped this year’s festival and those that came for a good time.
He said: “Everyone has been superb, the cathedral has been amazing, our contractors have been wonderful, the guys with the stage have been brilliant, the volunteers and the music acts have been incredible.
“It was great to see people enjoying themselves, every day was buzzing inside and outside and I want to thank you all for working for us and being with us, without you this festival would not be possible.”
Martin believes the festival has made around five figures for its charities and the dates of August 21 to 26 are already in the diary for next year.
He said: “We have triumphed this year, after three years of hosting it as this wonderful venue we have cracked it and we can’t wait to be back next year.”