Monthly archives: February 2015

Festival Charity sought for 2016 & 2017

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is pleased to have helped Henshaws Society for Blind People raise almost £7000 over their two year association with the festival.

Looking further ahead, MBCF is looking for a new charity partner and is inviting applications from charities who wish to benefit from a similar association for the 2016 and 2017 events. The chosen charity will be offered a free promotional stall and free rein to collect loose change from customers at the event which is expected to attract in around 12,000 visitors. They will also be promoted on the festival website, posters, flyers and in the festival programme.

At such a large event, there are plentiful other opportunities for fundraising which could also add value to the festival customer experience. Those organisations submitting innovative ideas for additional activities will be looked upon favourably by the organisers.

Although charities are encouraged to seek their own sponsors, if required, the festival sponsorship manager will assist the chosen charity in obtaining a sponsor for their time at the festival.

Any successful applicant would be expected to provide sufficient Volunteers to run 2 cloakrooms as well as sell programmes to the public from various locations within the Venue.  The successful applicants will receive a share of the income from the aforementioned along-with any other finances they can raise from members of the public with collection boxes etc.

Charities are invited to contact the festival organiser outlining their charitable aims, the number of volunteers they would expect to assist the festival, examples of similar events they have participated in and suggestions for activities which they would be willing to run. Applications should be sent to organiser (at) by no later than 1st March 2015.

MBCF 2015 – Thanks

The second Manchester Beer & Cider Festival was a runaway success, putting behind it some of the teething problems that beset the 2014 inaugural event.

MBCF 2015 - Photo by Stuart Revell

MBCF 2015 – Photo by Stuart Revell

Over 11,000 customers came through the doors, but this time every single one of them was anticipated meaning that there was beer for everyone right to the end – in fact even at 7pm on Saturday there were over 250 different beers available. Taking over the whole of the Velodrome gave more space for everyone with beers on both the concourse (near the loos!) and on the floor.

We at MBCF would like to thank all our customers who attended the festival and especially those who have taken the time to give us so much positive feedback.

Was most excellent with too many very fine Ales….cheers..” – Phil Mercer (via Facebook)

“@MancBeerFest it was fantastic. Even better than last year’s, which was also great. You’ve set a very high standard!” – @neilcondron (via Twitter)

“This was by far the most colossal beer festival any of us have attended. The sheer intensity of beer related movement made what we soon started calling ‘the pit’ a pretty impressive sight.” –

Top, top day on Saturday. Excellent venue, great range of beers, decent food and friendly, helpful staff. Thanks to all involved.” – Nick Holden (via Facebook)

“Holy Cow! What a fantastic Festival 2015! Congratulations to all those involved in making it happen.” – @BBrewery (via Twitter)

“The beer choice was, to say the least, probably the best I have ever encountered at any one venue and the way the bars were assembled allowed easy access to whatever one wanted and bar service was excellent.” – Chris Coates (via e-mail)

“First time visit to this venue. Fantastic time. Great selection of beers….good choice of food….totally civilised (no pushing at bars)…..well done to the organisers. Thank you and congratulations. Here’s to next year’s event!” – Ian Rigg (via Facebook)

Just like we did after the first event, we’ll take on board all your feedback and seek to improve for the future.

Thanks again – hope we will see you all again in 2016.