Brilliant news: THERE WILL BE ONE!
CAMRA North Herts and the Hitchin Round Table are pleased to announce that the annual Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival will be held again this year and with a new partner: Hitchin Rugby Football Club (HRFC).
The festival will be taking place this year at the later-than-usual dates of Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of June 2013 and will be held at the Hitchin Rugby Football Club, Old Hale Way in Hitchin.
Simon Goodlad from HRFC says that it was after playing rugby for the Hitchin Hedgehogs that he called in on a Chinese take-away on his way home. Whilst waiting for his order he looked through a copy of the ‘Comet’ which had been left out for customers to read. He saw the article describing the plight of the CAMRA Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival and that Hitchin Town Hall had been lost as a venue. As a member of the HRFC Bar Committee, he knew that the rugby club were keen to hold a beer festival. After some discussion the HRFC bar chairman, John Humphries, suggested they contact the CAMRA chairman Brian Mason who had been mentioned in the Comet’s article; the rest is history, we hope.
This festival will run for two and a half days and will boast a selection of around 80 ales from near and far. We will ensure that quite a few of the ales are “LocAle”; that is they are from within 25 miles of the venue, therefore reducing our ‘Carbon Footprint’. Along with the ales, there will be the usual cider, perry and foreign beers, to ensure that this festival is as successful as all the previous ones.
The festival is scheduled to be open on the Thursday between 5.00 pm and 11.00 pm and on Friday and Saturday between 12 noon and 11.00 pm
All three organisations are run by volunteers, local CAMRA members will be working alongside our friends from Hitchin Round Table and Hitchin Rugby Football Club. Without members from all three organisations, it would not be possible to hold this annual event. CAMRA members who wish to volunteer at this early stage should contact Brian via email using:
Further news will be released nearer the time, along with the usual list of beverages we’re sourcing for your enjoyment and confirmation of opening times, etc. Keep an eye on this website for details!
– Brian Mason, CAMRA North Herts Chair, 2013-02-06