Leicester Beer Festival 2014

The 2014 Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival took place from Wednesday 12th through to Saturday 15th March and was a great success.

Over the four days the attendance was up by 573 from 4722 to 5295, with Saturday’s numbers up by 374 alone, a day when beer sales were a massive 67% higher compared to 2013, which was admittedly disrupted by inclement weather.

With over 20,000 pints downed, the four-day event at Charotar Patidar Samaj, in Bay Street, Leicester, offered visitors a choice of more than 220 beers and 35 ciders and perries.

This year’s theme was The Royal Leicestershire Regiment and all but about three dozen of the 4,000 commemorative glasses bearing the a logo derived from the regimental badge remained unsold.

The event, manned by 120 hard-working volunteers, received some good media exposurethis year. Coverage by the Leicester Mercury was supplemented by additional exposure from BBC Radio Leicester who ran an extensive outside broadcast from the Festival on the Friday afternoon.

We were also pleased to welcome eminent beer writer, Owen Ogletree, from Georgia, U.S.A. who spent a considerable part of Wednesday and Thursday visiting the festival. A video of his visit can be viewed here 

You can also view Leicester Mercury articles about the festival at: 

Proceeds from a sale of brewery memorabilia will go towards a Royal Leicestershire Regiment monument at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire.

Also, an interesting free of charge WW1 historical game book can be found at www.bmycharity.com/greatwar

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Review of our 2013 Festival

Our 2013 Beer Festival closed on Saturday 23rd March, featuring 260 beers and 35 ciders. The 5,000 visitors over the 4 days almost drank us dry, consuming just under 20,000 pints, despite poor weather on the Friday and Saturday and no trains on the Saturday.

I must thank the 128 volunteers, contributing 2,353 working hours, without whom, the festival wouldn’t happen.

We recruited 66 new CAMRA Members, most of whom are in our branch area.

A selection of pictures can be seen below.

Also, many thanks to those who donated to LOROS, which raised £440.50 in memory of the late Julie Stanley, who founded our beer festival at the Charotar Patidar Samaj in 2001.


K Williams

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