Setback for fans of beer festival as iconic event is axed again

Setback for fans of beer festival as iconic event is axed again

One of the biggest beer festivals in the country has been cancelled for the second year in a row as St Austell Brewery says it has a responsibility to “keep everybody as safe as possible”.

28th April 2021

By Natasha Swift

One of the biggest beer festivals in the country has been cancelled for the second year in a row as St Austell Brewery says it has a responsibility to “keep everybody as safe as possible”.

St Austell Brewery’s Celtic Beer Festival normally takes place in the ancient and atmospheric cellars of the brewery on Trevarthian Road in late November, and attracts thousands of people to the town from far and wide to sample different ales, stouts and lagers.

Live bands play all day and night, with the brewery hailing it as “the biggest party of the year for ale lovers across the country”. The event, which sees queues form around the block to get into the brewery’s eagerly-anticipated showpiece charity fundraiser, was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and government restrictions on mass gatherings last year.

Now the brewery has announced that it has been called off once again.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that England is on track to lift all covid-19 restrictions as planned on June 21, but brewery bosses say they feel it is the right decision to wait until next year to hold the beer festival.

Chief executive of St Austell Brewery, Kevin Georgel, told the Voice: “After much consideration, we’ve decided that we will not be hosting our Celtic Beer Festival this year.

“This was not an easy decision to make however, whether we are living in an unrestricted world or not in November, we feel we have a responsibility to our people and loyal festival goers, to keep everybody as safe as possible.

“As you can imagine, these events are usually months in the making and, at this stage, we feel that it’s the right decision to wait until 2022 to welcome people back.
“We’re hugely disappointed but we will still be celebrating what would have been our 23rd festival – on Saturday 27th November – in other ways. Watch this space.”

All profits from the beer festival go straight to St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust.
Since the Charitable Trust was created in 2003, the festival itself has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and worthy causes across the South West.

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