The Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival 2014 was a great success! For a second year the festival was hosted by the Hitchin Rugby Club using a much larger marquee. This proved an excellent format with one bar running the entire 33 metre length.
Our total attendees for this year was 2,492 (14% more than 2013) of which the majority were on the Friday night. We served about the same amount of beer as last year at approx 7,544, averaging 3 pints per person; and despite ordering much more, we yet again sold out of cider: approx 1,311 pints were drunk, 14% more than 2013!
Since this festival was moved from the Hitchin Town Hall it has become much more of a community event. We were lucky again with the weather and it was great to see so many people enjoying the venue, the food and the drinks on offer. In particular we noticed more people with young families making the most of King Georges field and play-park, while the parents responsibly enjoyed the odd drink.
You may be interested to know that the profits from this festival are divided equally between North Herts CAMRA, Hitchin Round Table, and Hitchin Rugby Club; and that Hitchin Round table have agreed to donate 50% of their share from this years festival directly to local charities.
Of course we will soon start planning next years festival, and a lot of things will need finalising but to be on the safe side put the 11th to 13th June 2015 in your diary’s!
For more information on Sponsorship or Volunteering, or if you just have any suggestions please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]
Again this festival would not be possible without the hard work of all our volunteers, the generous donations of our sponsors, and of course all of you for visiting!
See you next year!