One of the largest European festivals takes place next month, from the 9th of August and until the 13th in the capital of my beloved England. Much has been said and a lot of assumptions are being made regarding the recent decision of the British to leave the European Union but one thing is certain the British people much like the Greeks love their beer!
This fact is made clear in various ways. Top office executives to blue-collar workers alike, all have one thing in common, the local pub! The pub is a favorite gathering spot for a beer meeting, after 5:00pm when the work day is done. Moreover, Beer Festivals which take place throughout the year and in different parts of the country is another way that the British show their love of beer. This way they manage to expand their interest and their culinary palette always eager to try something new, since new brews and microbreweries are emerging like mushrooms in every corner of the Old Albion.
But there is one that stands out above the others. It’s the largest and oldest festival that takes place in Britain. Of course we are talking about no other than the Great British Beer Festival. Our very own Katerina had traveled us to London about this time last year and had included the Festival as part of her beer travel proposals. So this year it’s time we will learn more about the Great British Beer Festival.
As I mentioned above, the Festival has a history of several decades. It goes back to 1971 and the creation of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). The original objective of the founders was their opposition to the growing mass production of beer and the standardization of the British brewing industry. CAMRA’s aim was to protect the rights of consumers, small breweries, to promote quality and value for money as well as to organize campaigns for the support and appreciation of traditional products such as beer, cider and perry. As part of the national heritage and culture. Therefore, taking this into consideration the group organizes workshops and festivals, the original being the Great British Festival, which was held six years after the establishment of CAMRA, in 1977 at Alexandra Palace. In 1981 the festival was held at Queens Hall, in the city of Leeds, and it was the first time the festival wasn’t held in London. From 1981 through 1990, with the exception of 1984 when the festival didn’t take place, it was held between Leeds and Brighton. In 1991 the festival returned to London. After changing venues several times, it now takes place at the Olympia Grand exhibition hall in London.
The Great British Beer Festival is an annual festival which has been described by many as the largest Pub in the world. It offers its guests more than 450 beers from British breweries, while it also hosts over 200 international breweries. Aside from domestic and international beers the festival has a special place for ciders and perries. Over the course of the festival the venue has over 66,000 visitors and over 350,000 pints of beer are consumed. The venue is accessible by subway and it is family friendly since there is a special area for those not wishing to drink or are underage.
During the three-day event, there is a variety of entertainment available and many fun activities take place within the exhibition center. Live music, pub games and a variety of food options to accompany your favorite brew. Tickets are available at various prices for CAMRA members and non-members. Prices for the three days’ range from 39-49 pounds and they offer a number of privileges to visitors. One day tickets for members are available for 9pounds and 11pounds for non-members. Children get in free with a paying adult!
Visit the Greatest british beer festival and enjoy some real Ale this summer.
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Η Δανάη Μαργαριτίδη έχει πτυχίο Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων και μεταπτυχιακό τίτλο Δημοσίων Σχέσεων του Πανεπιστημίου του Λιντς. Γύρισε στην πατρίδα εξαιτίας της εμπιστοσύνης της στην δύναμη που δείχνουμε ως λαός στα δύσκολα και της αγάπης για τους δικούς της ανθρώπους. Τον τελευταίο καιρό κάποια μοίρα της παίζει "ένα παιχνίδι" και η Ζωή την έφερε σε επαφή με την μπύρα..
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