Lancaster Beer Festival prepares for 30th anniversary event

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A popular north west event is now preparing to open its doors for the 30th time.

Lancaster Beerfest has become a staple of the city’s festival calendar, attracting thousands of visitors each year to sample the extensive selection of locally brewed craft ales. In recent years, craft cider, lager, gin and international beers have also been added to the selection on offer.

Over 25 regional breweries are taking part, both large and small, with the likes of Farmyard Ales, Avid Brewery, Coniston Brewery and Moorhouses amongst the suppliers. The organisers expect to have in excess of 50 hand-pulled ales on offer.

Live music is also a big part of every night of the festival, with this year’s confirmed artists being The Lancaster Bombers, The Howling Clowns and Sold To The Sky.

The event is done to raise money for local charities, run entirely by volunteers, and generously supported by a number of local businesses. Headline sponsors this year are Lancaster Brewery, FGH Security, Mazuma Mobile, Hyslops Office Supplies, Black Bear IT Solutions and Levitate Recruitment.

A spokesman for the festival organisers comments “we are extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors, without whom the festival just couldn’t happen. Of course, there’s always room for more so we love to hear from other local businesses too!”

He added “The proceeds from the event all go to local charities and worthwhile causes – we’re passionate about supporting those small but vital causes in our area, who perhaps don’t have the resource for large fundraising campaigns themselves.”

It is expected that around 3,000 visitors will attend the festival over the three nights, which will be held at Lancaster Town Hall on 7th, 8th and 9th March 2019.

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