The Campaign is launching the largest beer festival ever seen in Wales next spring.

The Great Welsh Beer Festival will run from 22-25 April at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, celebrating the country’s beer, food and music like never before. Sophia Gardens is a large public park on the west bank of the River Taff and hosts international test and county cricket matches.

Now, it’s Welsh beer which will be bowling people over. And the organisers are hoping there will be even more beer than at this year’s event which saw 130 cask ales from Wales and the borders.

The local brewing and pub scene in Wales is booming, according to CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020. It has more than 100 breweries, seven of which opened in the last 12 months.

Now, following an agreement to triple investment in the annual Cardiff event, the Great Welsh Beer Festival will feature:

  • a marquee with capacity for more than 5,000 festival-goers (an increase from 700 this year)
  • triple the number of local beers on tap and dedicated brewery bars
  • a session for the trade and press
  • the announcement of the Champion Beer of Wales and opportunities to sample the winner
  • locally sourced food stands to showcase the best of Welsh food.

The event will receive significant investment from CAMRA, which aims to reflect the growing beer festival scene in Wales. 

Organiser Winston Wardle said: “The Great Welsh Beer Festival has been a staple of the Cardiff calendar for a number of years. It’s growing popularity has encouraged us to take the next step forward, tripling our investment to host the largest beer festival in Wales.

“With an outdoor venue and more beers than ever before, visitors can be sure to sample the very best on offer across Wales.”

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