Moving to a new venue after 24 years was always going to present
unexpected difficulties but, thanks to all the volunteers, the 25th
festival worked well.
The total number of punters through the door was just over 3,000
which, although being a much smaller venue, was encouraging.
The Beer of the Festival was Ayr Brewing Company’s Rabbie’s
Porter. The Bev Robbins Award for the Best Sussex Beer was Benchmark
IPA brewed by a brand new brewery UnBarred (based in Hove).
Cider of the Festival was Hecks Brown’s Apple from Somerset
and Perry of the Festival was Gregg’s Pit Blakeney based in
The festival charity Blind Veterans UK raised £745.80 in
unused tokens and £315.46 in cash.
Thanks go to ALL the volunteers who worked at the Corn Exchange,
especially the many from outside of Sussex.
Peter Mitchell & John Kirkland
Joint Festival Organisers, May 2015