Rescheduled from June, the Bristol Craft Beer Festival makes a welcome return to Lloyds Amphitheatre between July 30 – August 1.
The celebration of beer, food and music was pushed back to this weekend due to a change in Covid rules which would not have made it possible for the organisers to run the kind of event they had originally planned.
But with the weather looking good for the weekend, and an impressive line-up of breweries showing their beers, the festival looks set to be as memorable as ever.
Below is everything you need to know about it, including what new Covid-19 safety measures will be in place.
What is it?
Held in the Lloyds Amphitheatre, the waterfront festival will showcase plenty of top notch beers from brewers across the globe, alongside street food vendors and live music.
With more than 40 breweries to choose from and 100s of delicious beers, line-up highlights include brews from Alpha Delta, Pastore, Beak and Bullhouse.
As ever it will be a celebration of brewing culture in Bristol and beyond, featuring a range of the finest beers from local breweries like Wiper & True, Lost & Grounded, Left Handed Giant, Good Chemistry, Moor, Harbour and Wild Beer.
There will also be a number of beers from national breweries like Gipsy Hill, Salt Beer Factory and Dark Star, as well as European big hitters Beerbliotek and Brouwerij Frontaal.
Local food outlets on offer will include Jikoni’s x Arawelo Eats, Little Taquero, Popti & Beast x Asado and Two Belly, with live music from some of the finest local DJs across three days.
The ticket price allows visitors access to all of the beers on offer, enabling people explore, discover and deepen their knowledge of quality beer.
What safety measures are in place?
To protect staff and visitors as best as possible, there will be a raft of safety measures in place at the festival, which takes place in covered marquees and outdoor seating.
Ticket-holders will need to show a negative lateral flow test 24 hours before attending the festival which is uploaded to their Covid test processing entry app.
Ticket-holders who have any Covid-19 symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate, are asked by organisers to stay at home.
The festival will have a one-way system in place with signs directing people around the route.
There will also be signs reminding people to keep two metres apart from anyone outside of their bubble, as well as “ample handwashing and sanitiser stations” which people are asked to use frequently.
It is also a card only festival and cash will not be accepted, while visitors are required to bring a face mask with them as organisers say there will be “situations where you will need them”.
There will be Increased and rigorous cleaning and sanitising throughout and between sessions, as well as more toilets and toilet attendants.
Can people move around when they’re at the festival?
Groups of attendees will be shown to their table upon arrival.
People must stay with the group they arrived with and are not allowed to sit with friends on other tables.
They can leave their table to go and browse the beers on offer and fill up their glasses, as well as to order food and go to the toilet, but they then must return to their ‘base’.
The festival will be letting people onto the festival site one hour earlier than the start of their session to avoid lots of people standing in queues before doors open.
People are given a glass upon entry and this is the only glass they are permitted to drink from, with no sharing allowed.
Be prepared for the weather
The weather forecast for this weekend in Bristol currently looks pretty good, but we all know how quickly it can change.
In the event of rain, people will not be able to take shelter in the marquees, and are therefore asked to bring waterproofs.
It could also get a bit chilly in the evening, so people should bring warm clothing too.
Are there still tickets left?
If you like the sound of what you’ve heard so far you’re in luck, as tickets are still on sale for each of the three days.
For more information and to purchase one, visit Bristol Craft Beer Festival’s website.
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