44th Cambridge Beer Festival smashes all records

Bar, with customers and volunteers

The 44th annual Cambridge Summer Beer Festival has come to a close, serving a record 44,370 customers a total of 115,000 pints of beer, cider and perry, over 2,000 bottles of wine and mead and approximately 800kg of cheese. Over 450 volunteers gave up their time to help, coming from as far as Canada.

A further record was set by the festival charity. Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Blue Smile, said: “Thanks to the generosity of the huge number of people who attended this year’s Cambridge Beer Festival, an amazing £17,000 has been raised for Blue Smile – and donations are still being counted! We are thrilled with this result and would like to say a big thank you to Cambridge & District Campaign for Real Ale for giving the charity this opportunity and to the fantastic team of volunteers who supported Blue Smile throughout the week.”

“All the money raised for Blue Smile during the Cambridge Beer Festival will go towards the charity’s vital work to provide expert arts-based therapy and mentoring in Cambridgeshire schools, to help emotionally troubled youngsters between the ages of 3 to 13. There are thousands of children in the county struggling to cope with the impact of family breakdown, bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, and far more. As statutory services are now very limited, the demand for our help is increasing all the time. Support from events like this play a key part in allowing Blue Smile to help children thrive, learn and live happier lives.”

Bert Kenward, Festival organiser was particularly pleased with the number of customers visiting. “Although it is my final year as festival organiser, this record breaking year shows that the festival is going from strength to strength. I think this shows that interest in real ales, perries and ciders continues to be strong. I’d particularly like to thank our volunteers, without whom we would not be able to run the event.”

Additionally, Cambridge CAMRA ran its usual competition to find the best beer, cider, perry and meads of the festival.

  • Beer: Bexar County – Bitter Invention of Satan
  • Cider: Simon’s – COX!!!
  • Perry: Simon’s – Gibson’s Perry
  • Mead: The Rookery – Midsummer Mead
  • Wine: Winbirri – Bacchus Reserve 2015

The Cambridge Summer Beer Festival returns 21 – 26 May, 2018