The 28th Festival will be held on Thurs
22nd - Sat 24th March 2018 at Brighton Racecourse.
July 2010: Biggest Ever Success at Hove!
This year’s Sussex CAMRA Branches’
Beer and Cider Festival, which was held
on 11-13 March at Hove Town Hall, was the
most successful festival ever. Of the five
sessions, four were completely sold out;
the Friday evening session sold out in a
record of 5 days and only the Friday lunchtime
still had tickets left.
Headway, this year’s festival charity,
based in Newick, raised an extraordinary
£1,500: £951 was collected in
unused tokens, and the Headway team collected
another £316.60 in cash. A special
"Thank You" to the Kissingate
Brewery, who donated a barrel of their excellent
First Kiss, which raised another £200.
The rest was rounded up by the Festival.
The picture below shows Ingrid Sharp, newly
elected organiser for next year, with Gerry
Harris from Headway at the Brighton &
South Downs Beer and Cider Festival held
at Lewes, where the cheque was handed over.
Counting the voting slips and comment forms
yielded the following results:
- Beer of the Festival: Crouch Vale Amarillo
- Bev Robbins Trophy: Harvey's Lewes
Castle Brown Ale
- Cider of the Festival: Hunt's Cider
(this was incorrectly listed as Sedlescombe
- Cider, Sedlescombe is where Hunt's are
- Perry of the Festival: Heck's Blakeney
Most people’s comments were positive:
super festival, with great beers, good food,
friendly staff and a fantastic atmosphere.
A very big “Thank You” to everyone
who helped to make this possible. The most
common criticism was that the hall had been
too cold, and we shall endeavour to address
that. If you would like to provide some
feedback yourself, please contact the committee
Next year’s festival will be held
10-12 March. For this, the organising committee
is seeking dedicated CAMRA members to help
with organising the Trade Session, co-ordinating
equipment needed at the festival and getting
involved with membership. If you are interested
or simply want to find out more, please
get in touch via the above email address.
8th June 2010: Charity
A presentation of a cheque for £1,200
will be made to Headway, this year’s
Festival charity of the Sussex Beer and
Cider Festival held at Hove in March.
The presentation will be made on the Friday
18th June at 1.00pm at the South Downs Beer
and Cider Festival which is being held at
Lewes Town Hall.
The money was raised by the donation of
unused beer tokens and a charity ale kindly
donated by the new Kissingate Brewery based
in Crawley. Cash donations at the festival
also raised over £330.
Gerry Harris Chief Executive of Headway
Hurstwood Park will be at the Town Hall
to receive the cheque on behalf of the charity.
Publicity Officer for the Sussex Beer and
25th April 2010: The
results are in...
There was a record attendance of over 4,400
at the 20th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival.
“The largest ever attendance at the
festival proves that the popularity of real
ale is definitely back” says Ursula
Lockyer, Festival Organiser, “ there
was very little beer left and the cider
bar sold its last drop as the festival closed”.
• Beer of the Festival: Essex based
Crouch Vale Amarillo
• Two Sussex brewers, Adur and Dark
Star tied for second place
• Bev Robbins Trophy for Best Sussex
Beer: Harvey's Lewes Castle Brown Ale
• Cider of the Festival: Hunt's Cider
• Perry of the Festival: Heck's Blakeney
Red from Somerset
Thanks to the generosity of the festival
goers who donated unused tokens, the festival
charity Headway based at Newick benefited
by £1,200 which included a donation
of beer from the new Kissingate Brewery,
Crawley. £316 was also collected in
Next year's festival - the 21st - will
be held on the 10th – 12th March 2011.
Publicity Officer for the Sussex Beer and
19th March 2010: Another
We'll be updating the site in due course
with details of the beer of the festival,
any reports and photos that come our way,
plus advance details of next year's festival,
so please do check back soon.
10th March 2010: Advance
Ticket Sales Period now closed
Advance tickets sales for the 2010 Festival
have ceased, so the only chance is to pay
on the door. Details of prices availability
(as at today's date) are on the Tickets
page - please note that the website will
not now be updated until after the Festival
has come to an end.
8th March 2010: Beer
Tasting Notes now available to download
In addition to the Cider & Perry Tasting
Notes, the Beer Tasting Notes are now also
available to download as a pdf file - please
see our Downloads
And don't forget - postal sales have now
3rd March 2010: Newest
Sussex Brewery launch their beer at the
Beer from the newest brewery in Sussex
will be launched at the 20th Sussex Beer
and Cider Festival. Based in Crawley, the
Kissingate Brewery is the latest brewery
in Sussex and their beer will be available
in the Sussex Bar at the Hove Centre. Brewer
Gary Lucas describes the ale, First Kiss,
as a smooth chestnut coloured lightly hopped
ale with a citrus tang.
Tickets are still
available for all sessions apart from Friday
night but please note that postal sales
will stop as from 6th March.
Publicity Officer for the Sussex Beer and
3rd March 2010: Champion
Beer of Britain Tasting Finals
The London & South
East Champion Beer of Britain tasting finals
will be held at the Sussex CAMRA beer festival
on Saturday 13th March, with the results
expected to be announced around 1pm.
Ten different categories of award winning
beers will be judged to find the overall
champion beer of the South East for 2010
and the winning beer will go onto the CAMRA
national finals later in the year.
25th Feb 2010: Cider
& Perry Tasting Notes and Beer List
The detailed cider and perry tasting notes
are now online and available to download
in pdf format. Please also keep an eye on
our beer list as changes are gradually made
- the date of the latest update will be
shown on the Beers
22nd Feb 2010: Provisional
It's been a while in the making and, as
always, remains subject to change right
up until the last minute, however we can
now bring you the final provisional beer
list for the Festival. There's a total
of 223 beers listed (a handful still need
to be confirmed), split into 76 from Sussex
brewers and 147 from the wide yonder.
15th Feb 2010: Hotline
Remember that you can call 07807
105803 for up-to-date information
about the Festival.
10th Feb 2010: Ticket
Keep an eye on our ticket
availability matrix for details of which
outlets still have tickets for each session.
Please also be aware that all requests for
postal sales need to be received by first
post on Saturday 6th March 2010.
8th Feb 2010: Brighton
Food Festival celebrates Spring Harvest
The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink
Festival team introduce their first Spring
Harvest Festival, to be held from 11 to
21 March this year. The event will be launched
on the afternoon of Thursday 11 March at
the CAMRA Sussex Beer and Cider Festival,
to invited guests from local food and hospitality
businesses, and local media representatives.
A mouth watering programme of other events
is still being put together, but already
includes a Terre a Tandoori Night at Terre
a Terre in East Street on 15 March, Bordeaux
fine dining evening at Drakes on Wednesday
17 March, a Hotel du vin Wine Night on 18
March, and an exclusive Murder Mystery Dinner
at Hilton Brighton Metropole on 20 March.
Stay tuned to www.brightonspringharvest.com
to find out about events.
5 February 2010: Address
for staffing forms now online
Due to an unfortunate oversight, the address
to send completed staffing forms was omitted
from the Help Out
page. Thanks to everyone who has been in
touch requesting the address already, but
rest assured it's now online
for anyone who still needs it.
31 January 2010: Provisional
Cider & Perry lists now online
Details of the 27 ciders and 12 perries
pencilled in for the 20th Sussex Beer &
Cider Festival are now online and available
for perusing on the Cider
& Wine page.
26 January 2010: Friday
night session SOLD OUT!
In just nine days, all 1,000 tickets for
the Friday night session of the 20th Sussex
Beer & Cider Festival have been sold.
“The demand for tickets for this very
popular session has been unbelievable”
said Peter Mitchell Festival Publicity Officer,
“the sale of tickets has has been
incredible, the Evening Star pub in Brighton
sold 350 tickets in five days”.
There are still plenty of tickets
left for all other sessions of the festival
which is due to be held at the Hove Centre
on 11th – 13th March.
STOP PRESS 22nd January
2010: Friday Night Nearly Sold Out already!
Ticket sales for Friday night
have surpassed all previous expectations
and several ticket venues have already sold
out, including the Evening Star, Beer Essentials,
the Hove/Brighton Centre ticket offices
and Postal Sales. All other outlets should
have tickets but could be selling very quickly.
If you can't get hold of a prized Friday
night ticket, don’t despair –
plenty of tickets for the other sessions
are still widely available, so don’t
miss out and pick
yours up soon!
(Please note: the
website will not be updated until Weds 27th
Jan at the earliest due to the webmaster
going on holiday)
22nd January 2010: Staffing
Letter and Form
The Staffing Letter
Form are now available on the website
from the Help Out
Festival Staffing Officer
14th January 2010: Ticket
Tickets go on sale from the designated
pubs from this Saturday (16th Jan), and
are already available by mail order. Be
warned, the Friday night session is proving
as popular as ever, so please get your orders
in soon! More details on our Tickets
page. Any mail order requests already received
will be dealt with and despatched shortly
(And please bear in mind that booking directly
with the Hove or Brighton Centre Ticket
Office over the telephone or Ticketmaster
website will incur a booking and postal
3rd January 2010: Official
Sussex CAMRA Branches are proud to announce
that the 20th Sussex Beer and Cider Festival
will be held at the Hove Centre, Hove on
11th – 13th March 2010.
Sales of real ale are increasing so to
cope with the expected big demand, a record
number of beers, well over 220, will be
available this year plus a large selection
of ciders, perries, country wines and British
and foreign bottled beers. The downstairs
bar has been designated as the Sussex Bar
and will be selling only those beers from
breweries in Sussex.
The festival sessions with ticket prices
are as follows:-
- Thursday evening 5pm – 11pm £3.50
- Friday lunchtime 11am – 3pm £3
- Friday evening 5pm – 11pm £6
- Saturday lunchtime 11am – 3pm
- Saturday evening 5pm – 10pm £5
Tickets for the Festival will be available
at the usual outlets (Brighton & Hove:
Hove & Brighton Centres, Evening Star,
Sir Charles Napier; Shoreham: Buckingham
Arms; Horsham, Beer Essentials; Lewes: Gardener's
Arms; Worthing: Selden Arms, or by post
from SCBCF Ticket Sales, 13 Rudyard Road,
Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6UB (Tel: 07807
105803). For postal applications, please
state the session(s) for which you require
tickets, and enclose a large SAE with your
payment, which should be by cheque or Postal
Order made payable to “CAMRA Sussex
To avoid disappointment on the day it is
advisable to buy tickets in advance ,particularly
for the very popular Friday and Saturday
evening sessions which always sell out.
The ticket price includes a souvenir programme
and, for CAMRA members, beer tokens worth
£2 on presentation of their membership
card. For the Saturday evening, a £2
concession will be available to students
buying tickets at the Hove Centre on production
of a Students Union card.
There will be live entertainment on the
Friday night and Saturday night in the Main
Hot and cold food plus vegetarian options
will be on sale in the balcony area as well
as soft drinks, teas and coffees.
This year the festival charity will be
Headway based in Newick.
The Hove Centre has full disabled facilities
and is a short walk from Hove Station.
For further information call 07807 105 803
, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to www.sussexbeerfestival.co.uk for
30th December 2009: Festival
Headway, based in Newick, have been nominated
as the 2010 Festival's charity - more details
17th December 2009: Ticket
Update - available SOON
Tickets will go on sale from the usual
outlets on Saturday 16th January, and
we also have details of the address for
postal sales on the Tickets
page. Please remember to get hold of your
tickets early, particularly for the ever-popular
Friday night session!
20th November 2009: MARCH
The 20th Sussex CAMRA
Beer and Cider Festival will be held at
the Hove Centre, Norton Road, from 11-13
March. A fantastic selection of flavoursome
real ales will be on sale covering all types
of styles including bitters, milds, stouts
and porters, pale ales, golden ales and
speciality beers, in fact something for
everyone! There is even a Sussex Bar devoted
to beers from our own local breweries. Also
available will be real ciders and perries,
English country wines, plus British and
foreign bottled beers. There will be a food
bar at all sessions and live entertainment
on the Friday and Saturday evenings.
Last year’s festival
broke all records with the 4,200 punters
consuming over 2,000 gallons of beer. So
great was the demand that emergency supplies
of beer and cider had to be brought in at
short notice on the Saturday! So don’t
delay in buying your advance tickets - available
from early January - for this year’s
event. The ticket price will include a colour
programme and souvenir glass and, for card-carrying
CAMRA members, free beer tokens worth £2.
5th November 2009:
Not long now...
Not long to go now, only
just over four months until Hove Town Hall
will be full of drinkers again at the 20th
Sussex Beer and Cider Festival.
As we all know, real ale
sales are on the increase and there will
be even more beer at next year's festival.
The Sussex Bar is being enlarged to take
extra ales from our celebrated (and, in
some cases, award-winning!) local brewers.
Cider and perry won’t be forgotten
either with a large selection on offer.
Tickets will be on sale
in early January from all the usual outlets
so look out for them then.
If you are looking for
a good evening out with friends or wish
to be a volunteer at the festival (sorry,
but CAMRA members only), then make sure
you keep the 11th – 13th March free.
See you there!
Publicity Officer for the Sussex Beer and
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