Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for your interest in Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.

We hope that our website contains answers to most of the questions which you may have about the event. However, we do get e-mail enquiries asking questions which we think are clear. So here is a round-up on answers to the most common questions.

Q. When is the festival / are the dates confirmed?

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2020 will take place on 23rd to 25th January 2020, We expect to run a preview session for CAMRA members on 22nd January.

Q. Can I buy tickets in advance?

A date for advance tickets going on sale has yet to be confirmed. It will be announced on the website and social media channels when it does.

Q. Can I bring my own glass

It is recommended to hire or purchase a glass on arrival at the festival. This will avoid risk of damaging your glass in transit and ensure you have a glass which complies with regulations. All drinks must be served into lined glasses showing the CE mark. Drinks may not be served into unmarked glasses, tankards or other containers. If you must bring your own glass, check that it is lined and carries the CE mark.

Q. Are children allowed?

Children are permitted until 7pm daily. Children must be under supervision at all times and may not approach the bars.

Q. Are dogs allowed

Registered assistance dogs are welcome but unfortunately other dogs are not permitted.

Q. Will there be gluten free / vegetarian / vegan beers?

There will be a selection of gluten free beers in cask and bottle. Details will be posted on our website in advance of the festival.

While many beers are fined (cleared) with isinglass, an increasing number of beers are either unfined or fined using other methods and therefore suitable for vegetarians. We will provide a list of those beers which we have been advised by brewers are unfined and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The 2019 festival featured over 180 vegan beers.

Q. Will there be non-alcoholic options

There will be non-alcoholic beers available on the German / Belgian bar.

Unfermented pure apple juice will be available from the Cider & Perry bar.

Q. Is there a cash machine at the venue?

There is a free ATM/cash machine in the foyer of the Central Hall.
Alternatively, the closest banking facilities are: Royal Bank of Scotland, Mosley Street; Barclays, Mosley Street; Barclays ATM, Deansgate (near junction with Peter Street); Tesco Bank ATM, Quay Street

Q. Can I pay by card

Contactless card payment will be available on all bars

Q. Can I plug in my phone charger

There are no public power sockets at Manchester Central. However, there will be a free phone charging station where you can lock your phone in a secure locker while it gets a boost.

Q. I have a food stall, can I bring it to the festival?

Food at the festival will be provided by Manchester Central’s in house catering team.

Q. How do I get my beer / cider / perry on at the festival?

Please contact the relevant member of our team via our contact page. Please also check our brewers FAQ page first.

Q. How do I volunteer to work at the festival?
We would welcome new volunteers to our organising team – click here for info in the skills we are looking for.
Information on general volunteering will be available later in the year.

Q. We sell wonderful plastic cups that you really want to use…

We have already placed our order for glassware – we have no further requirements for alternative glasses, plastic cups or any other such vessels.

Q. I am in a band / am a performer. Can I play at the festival?

The festival is about beer, cider & perry. Consultations with customers have shown that the majority prefer to enjoy their beer in a music free environment.

Q. I have a disability. How do I book a ticket for carer?

Visitors who require the presence of a carer should buy tickets for themselves for the relevant session as normal. A carer may accompany you and will be admitted free of charge subject to proof of carer status. Carers wishing to buy beer & cider must hire a glass as other visitors do. if you have special needs, please contact the organiser via our contact page.

Manchester Central is fully accessible. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival only occupies ground floor levels at the venue. For further information on accessibility see

If your question is more specific, please visit our contact us page and direct your enquiry to the appropriate member of our team or submit a general enquiry which will be dealt with by the festival organiser.