Knutsford Beer Festival raise £10K for local charities

The organisers of the Knutsford Beer Festival has revealed that this year’s event raised £10,000 for charity; the most they have ever raised at one event.

Hosted at the Courthouse hotel in Knutsford on April 11-13, the fifth Knutsford Beer Festival saw 1,000 people attending the event which was commented by one attendee as being “The poshest beer festival in the UK!”

The two charities – Knutsford Royal May Day and Children’s Adventure Farm Trust – will each receive £4,500 and the remaining £1,000 will create a community fund that is open for local charities to apply for smaller grants throughout the year.

Andrew Malloy, chairman of Knutsford Beer Festival and recently elected Town Mayor, said; “We have been keen to support causes and charities in the area since the very beginning. Often smaller causes can slip under the radar and even a small amount of money can mean a great deal to help them achieve their goals, and help support local people.”

Meanwhile, the festival has welcomed some new faces to the committee including Ben Selby from Dexter & Jones, who will bring his vast knowledge of beer-buying to the team. Jonathan Farber will lead on all film & photography and Lisa Benskin will take on the administrative duties for the committee.

The date for next year’s beer festival is soon to be announced: visitors can expect an even bigger selection of beer; a dedicated gin bar and a fizz station; as well as the return of the popular masterclasses at the Saturday afternoon session.

Anyone interested in the event can sign-up for more information on the website:


Pictured left to right are: Paul Langley (committee), Nicola Arnell (committee), Colin Kemshead (committee), Eileen Podmore (Knutsford Royal May Day), Ben Elston (Sponsor – UK Containers), Ciara York – May Queen, Henry Venables (Sponsor – Maguire Family Law), Rob Bashforth (CAFT), Quentin Abel (Sponsor – APC overnight), Charlotte Jones (Sponsor – Bella).