Festival News


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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b0w6j6/rip-off-britain-food-series-5-episode-3

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.


New Festival Organiser

Who is the new Organiser ?

My name is Adrian Saunders, and many of you will have seen me before, as I have worked in various roles at CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) and then the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival (MBCF) since 2009.

I don’t currently live in Manchester, but I spent 7 years here at Manchester University, before moving to Northern Ireland. Some of you may recognise me from 11 Belfast Beer & Cider Festivals. (more…)