Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival is a huge hit – again!
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A big hit – that’s the verdict of punters and organisers alike after another hugely successful Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival.
The popular event, held from Thursday to Saturday at Hitchin Rugby Club in Old Hale Way, attracted more than 3,000 visitors over the three days.
The community-minded Hedgehogs provided a large number of the 120 volunteers who worked hard to ensure the celebration of beer ran smoothly, with many from North Herts Camra and the Hitchin Round Table also freely giving up their time.
Hitchin town centre manager Tom Hardy opened the event, which saw around 10,000 pints supped by thirsty ale lovers with a wide range of food from quality outlets including Cantina Carnitas, Soul Shack, Toastielicious, La Crepe Franglaise, Kura Kura, Tuck In and a stall from Pipers Crisps.
Festival organiser Jon Kirby from North Herts Camra told the Comet: “A huge thank you to the volunteers of Hitchin.
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“It was our busiest Friday night yet and 3,333 people came through the door in total over the course of the event.
“We’ve got a great team and I’m proud of everyone who got involved. I’d also like to thank all our sponsors too – and of course everyone who came to enjoy the beer and to make the festival such a special event.”
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With more than 150 beers, ciders and perry’s on offer the festival attracted real ale enthusiasts from near and far.
One beer fan came all the way from South Wales.
Scott Richards said: “I travelled from a town called Nelson near Swansea because I’d heard good things about the event and I like my ale.
“I wasn’t disappointed. There was an excellent selection and the atmosphere was great. It was well worth the trip.”
Planning will start again soon by Jon and his hard-working team for next year’s event.
For more information visit www.hitchinbeerfestival.org.uk and follow them on Twitter @HitchinBeerFest.
For more on Hitchin Rugby Club follow @HitchinRugby and @hitchinladies.