Festival News


Tickets on sale today for Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Any cool glass of beer is attractive in the current heatwave, but planning is well underway for the best beers and ciders to be showcased next winter.

And eager ale aficionados can snap up guaranteed admission to the North’s biggest celebration of traditional and modern beers and ciders. Advance tickets for all days of the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival go on sale from Wednesday 1st August. But for real beer connoisseurs, organisers have planned something special…

A new ticket is sure to entice drinkers attracted by the huge range of beers and ciders sourced by experts from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The ‘MBCF Experience’ ticket will be inclusive with a specially-commissioned unique glass, festival guide and small pour samples of all draught beers and ciders during your visit. With previous festival beers ranging in strength from 2.9% to 11.5%, many will find the traditional half or pint measures simply too much. So for all those who wished they’d been able to taste more, this could be the answer! (more…)

MBCF on the BBC – Watch on iPlayer

Julia Somerville meets visitors
Faced with complaints about OTHER food and drink festivals, producers at BBC’s “Rip Off Britain: Food” series wanted to see how a festival committed to customer service and continual improvement is run…

Presenter Julia Somerville and the BBC crew visited MBCF 2018 on Thursday 25th January, conducting interviews with brewers serving on their bars, food stall holders, organisers and of course you, our visitors.

Julia Somerville & Brass Castle BreweryThe episode aired on Wednesday 25th April and is now available on BBC iPlayer


Coverage starts at 16 minutes and 30 seconds in. It will be available on iPlayer until 10am on 25th May. To watch iPlayer you must be a BBC licence fee payer.

Success for the Festival Charity

The 2018 Festival Charity was the North West Air Ambulance.
The festival raised a fantastic £5,860.06 for them.

Certificate showing amount raised  

As a thank you, a number of the Festival volunteers were given a tour of their base and one of the helicopters.

North West Air Ambulance will also be the charity for 2019.