The countdown to the annual Steel City Beer and Cider Festival is getting ever closer, with the final few arrangements now being made. Posters, leaflets and beer mats are now making their way into the pubs of Sheffield and beyond, the festival website has gone live and you can now add your name to the Facebook event. Our beer and cider orderers are starting to get their wishlists together, and as always there’s sure to be a great selection. We will have almost 250 real ales and around 50 ciders across the upper hall and the marquee, plus a range of KeyKeg craft beers downstairs. We will also be offering hot drinks for the first time from a local coffee van after listening to feedback from visitors. On the food front, we’ve changed things up a bit so keep an eye out for more updates nearer the time, but there will still be a range of hot and cold food to enjoy. As always, there will also be a great selection of live music and other entertainment on offer during the festival, including old favourites such as Highway Child and the Loxley Silver Band. The Kelham Island Rapper will be performing their sword dancing on Saturday afternoon – not to be missed! Look out for the traditional pub games in the marquee too. Of course, none of this could be possible without the volunteers who give up their time to do everything at the festival from serving drinks to selling tokens and washing glasses. If you’re interested in helping out, keep an eye out on our website and social media pages, which should have details of the staffing form. All volunteers are greatly appreciated and you will get free entry and free cask ale or cider on the day(s) of your shifts!