Preparations are underway for the second Manchester Beer & Cider Festival (MBCF) to be held at the city’s Velodrome within the National Cycling Centre, the home of British Cycling.

The first event last January was hailed a huge success with more than 10,000 people attending the festival over four days, and all 16 bars being drunk dry by the Saturday afternoon.

Now organisers, The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), are working hard to ensure the 2015 event will be even bigger and better. The Festival will take over the whole of the Velodrome from January 21st–24th 2015. The expanded festival bars will be spread across the Velodrome concourse and floor with around 17,500 more pints of beer, cider & perry available.

All this can be enjoyed in the iconic National Cycling Centre, home to Team GB’s fantastically successful Olympic and Paralympics cyclists. The Velodrome track remains in use throughout the festival by Team GB who train every day. As pints are enjoyed, there is every chance that medal winning cyclists such as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny will be whizzing round as they train for the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Organiser Graham Donning said: “We’re delighted to be back at the Velodrome for our second year and we won’t be selling out of beer in 2015! Our inaugural event was so successful that we are expanding to take over the whole of the Velodrome for 2015, allowing us to locate bars on both levels with around half of the beers on the more accessible upper level. The response we’ve had from the brewing community since the first festival has been amazing, with many of the most innovative breweries in the country keen to get involved in the 2015 event from the outset. We are very excited to have some of the hottest names in British beer such as Manchester’s own Blackjack Beers and the multi-award winning Hawkshead Brewery on board. There is lots more work to do but we are really looking forward to it!”

With more than 500 beers, ciders and perries available, festival-goers can choose from some of the widest ranges anywhere. The selection of cask conditioned craft ales ranges from traditional British bitters to modern pale and golden ales to foreign influenced IPAs, sours and saisons. There will also be a massive range of ciders and perries, a selection of bottle conditioned ales and some of the best imported beers from around the world including German, Belgian, Dutch, Czech and American beers on the Bière Sans Frontières bar.

For more information about the festival visit www.mancbeerfest.uk

For further information contact:

Clare Barber
0151 255 0152

August 29th 2014