Yearly archives: 2016


Cold turkey is off the menu

While everyone may be planning a traditional Christmas dinner, organisers at the biggest beer and cider festival in the North have been hatching their own festive fare to be dished up next month.

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2017 takes place at Manchester Central. Alongside a staggering array of beers and ciders, visitors can expect a stunning selection of street food traders from across the country.

Feedback from the last festival focused organisers’ minds on how the food offer could be improved. The CAMRA organising team worked with the venue to share experiences from beer festivals as small as local brewery taps to the giant of the annual Great British Beer Festival held at London’s Olympia. And whether drinkers fancy a snack to accompany great ale or plan to have something more substantial, there’ll be sustenance suitable for everyone.

Handmade Cornish Pasties will not only be shipping up the South West delicacy, but also baking vegan and gluten pastries. Also from the region, The Muffin Man and Company specialise in traditional English muffins with a variety of delicious fillings. They are proud to source ingredients locally, and have proved very popular at other beer festivals.

A traditional favourite with a contemporary twist is promised by Viva La Toastie. Based in Cheshire, expect the county’s cheese on sourdough bread and so much more. Pies are a festival staple, but The Crusty Pie Company from Bradford promise the ultimate pork pie experience. And adding to the Yorkshire influence, The Pickled Porker specialise in applewood smoked pulled pork and the intriguingly-named Yorkshire Tapas.

Lancashire is represented by What’s Your Beef, specialising in ground steak burgers in brioche buns. They admit to using Himalayan salt and coconut oil, although the main ingredients are locally-sourced. And long-time supporters of CAMRA, Pipers Crisps of Lincolnshire will be offering the tried and trusted accompaniment to a pint.

Organiser Graham Donning said: “Our festival goers expect some of the best beers and ciders at Manchester, and we plan to add to their enjoyment with this fantastic selection of varied food concessions. We’ve worked with the venue to bring some of the outstanding street trader foodstalls, many of whom have experience with beer festivals up and down the country. We are confident they will make the 2017 festival bigger and better.”

The festival has grown consistently and for 2017 will offer 30% more floorspace – and more seating – than ever before. It is organised by the combined expertise of the eight Greater Manchester CAMRA branches. Offering nineteen separate bars, it has become an essential entry in most beer lovers’ calendars.

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival runs from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January 2017. General entry tickets are available from www.mancbeerfest.uk (more…)


MBCF Proud to Support Breast Cancer Care

Proud To Support Breast Cancer CareBreast Cancer Care is delighted to be the charity partner for the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival for the second year running.

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer.

We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support within the Greater Manchester area, running support services in five Greater Manchester boroughs; Stockport, Tameside, Salford, Bolton and Wythenshawe.  From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control.

Breast cancer changes everything. Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions people face every day. They know that everyone’s experience is different. That’s why they are there to offer support and information and campaign for better care.

Every year, 60,000 people in the UK are told they have breast cancer, and every year more than 11,500 women die from it. It’s the most common cancer affecting women in the UK today, with 1 in 8 receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in a lifetime and one person newly diagnosed every ten minutes.

It’s vital that Breast Cancer Care’s services remain free; they’re a lifeline for the growing number of women coping with one of the most difficult challenges they will ever face. We would like to thank you in advance for supporting Breast Cancer Care at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and please come and visit our charity stand located within the festival hall.

Breast Cancer Care will be running a raffle, quiz and other games from the stand, as well as collecting festival glasses as a donation to the charity.  We have a number of volunteers within the festival hall selling programmes and also a team of bucket collectors, so please donate generously.

If you have any questions about breast cancer or Breast Cancer Care please do visit our stand to speak to a member of staff or alternatively call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

If you would like to fundraise or volunteer for Breast Cancer Care please call 0114 263 6482 or email Heather at heather.murphy@breastcancercare.org.uk .

Finally, we would like to thank the festival organisers for giving Breast Cancer Care the opportunity to be present at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and we hope you all have a brilliant time and enjoy the event!