A record breaking 2,786 guests flocked to the festival at the Hitchin Rugby Club at King George’s playing fields in Hitchin on Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th June 2015. The pleasant weather on Friday evening brought with it a record crowd (over 10% more than 2014!), and while the weather was rather more inclement on Saturday, it failed to dampen the mood or slow the steady stream of guests through the door, and by 7pm the festival had officially sold out of beer after three amazing days.
The annual local event is organised by volunteers from the North Herts Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Hitchin Round Table and Hitchin Rugby Football Club and wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of these individuals and the event sponsors. Special thanks go to this year’s major sponsors The Half Moon, The Victoria, The Fox at Willian; and Buntingford Brewery.
‘Plateau’ from Burning Sky Brewery was named Beer of the Festival and Sopwells ‘Cottonmill’ was named Cider of the Festival, as voted for by the attendees throughout the weekend. The festival also hosted the Hertfordshire Cider (and Perry) of the year, where Apple Cottage scooped a double win with ‘KT’ winning the Herts Cider of the year competition, and ‘Perry Coma’ winning Perry of the Year.
I want to thank our army of volunteers who have done us proud once again and make the festival the success that it is. This year was the best yet and we are already looking forward to the 2016 festival (watch this space!!). Thanks also go to the Hitchin based company Aerial Images UK for taking some amazing aerial pictures of the festival (some more below).
If you have any feedback on this festival or suggestions for next year, please email us at: [email protected]
Jon – Festival Organiser