2021 Steel City Beer & Cider Festival cancelled

No doubt you will have heard by now about the cancellation of the 2021 Steel City Beer & Cider Festival that was due to take place in October at the Kelham Island Museum.  This is the second year running that we have had to cancel due to the situation surrounding the Covid 19 pandemic, but the planning committee felt that there were still too many uncertainties to be able to organise the festival to it’s usual excellent standard.

It is particularly frustrating this year as we had some exciting new things planned which would have made the festival even better. The Museum had allowed us the use of the rear Courtyardand adjacent room, which would have given us an extra bar area and additional food stalls.An extended range of talks and presentations was also being developed to add to the variety of events at the festival.

We are taking a positive view that we will be able to stage next year’s festival, so these ideas will be carried forward and should appear in 2022. Thanks must go to everyone who has worked so hard on the planning committee, the sponsors who had already pledged their support, and the volunteers who were eager to return and help play their part. Their efforts are much appreciated each year, but especially this year when there was no end result. One consolation is that a lot of this work can be carried forward to next year, which actually puts us way ahead of schedule for next year’s festival.

However in the last few weeks the committee has been talking to various pubs and breweries and we can now announce that the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival will be going on Tour!

Venues around the city will be arranging events to take place over the same weekend in October to bring you a flavour of the festival. Special Beers, Brewery Events, Tap Takeovers, Food Stalls, Live music and Talks will all be taking place from the 7th to 10th October. 

The Festival page on the Sheffield CAMRA website contains all the details and will add extra events as they are arranged. You may have already seen posters and flyers around the city, and of course anyone who would like to be involved can contact festival@sheffield.camra.org.uk for more details.

One large festival may not have been possible, but with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival On Tour we’ll have a plethora of mini-festivals bringing you the range and quality of beer and cider you have come to expect from us. Please come along and help support all our excellent pubs and breweries that have had such a difficult time during the pandemic.

See you there!
For more details visit sheffield.camra.org.uk/festival

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About Paul Crofts

Paul has been a committee member since 2014, as well as being on the festival committee. ‘I have enjoyed all the various roles I have played in that time, particularly my functions at [the 2017] festival, and I was delighted to be press-ganged into being the Festival Organiser for [the following] year (thanks Louise!). ‘As well as being fond of “lowering a couple for the tonsils”, I'm also a big music fan, particularly live music. Feel free to stop me for a chat anytime you see me in the pub (particularly if you want to sponsor something at the festival).’

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