GALLERY: Hitchin Beer Festival 2013

Volunteers and organisers from North Herts CAMRA, with Hitchin Round Table, Hitchin Rugby Club and C

Volunteers and organisers from North Herts CAMRA, with Hitchin Round Table, Hitchin Rugby Club and Comet staff - Credit: Archant

A BEER festival’s move to a new venue has been hailed “amazing”, with organisers already saying they want to hold the event again next year.

Volunteers and organisers from North Herts CAMRA, Hitchin Round Table and Hitchin Rugby Club

Volunteers and organisers from North Herts CAMRA, Hitchin Round Table and Hitchin Rugby Club - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people were at Hitchin Rugby Club for Hitchin Beer Festival at the weekend.

Crowds at the beer festival. Picture: North Herts CAMRA

Crowds at the beer festival. Picture: North Herts CAMRA - Credit: Archant

It was the first time it was held at the Old Hale Way sports club, having made the move from its former home at the town hall.

Festival-goers managed to drink most of the beer and cider on offer over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with just four casks left at the end.

Festival organiser Jon Kirby said: “There was a lot of queuing to get in, it was amazing.


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“It didn’t rain all weekend; it was perfect. A great success.”

And on the possibility of holding it again next year, he added: “We have got the enthusiasm to do it. We would have to look at the logistics and there is a lot of preparation to sort out, but I don’t see why not.”

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The festival, which was organised jointly by CAMRA North Herts, Hitchin Round Table and the rugby club, was opened by the Comet, which supported the event.

There was food from NowNow Food Company and Hitchin-based chef Martin Burke, as well a barbecue, food stalls and tombola.

And Rob Scahill, landlord at The Orange Tree, Baldock, was presented with his North Herts pub of the year award on Friday evening.

Click on the link in the top right-hand corner to view a gallery of pictures, and keep checking back through the day as more are added. You can also send your pictures from the event to laura.burge@thecomet.net or tweet @laura_burge

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