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Lille Beer Festival (BAL), France, 2023
September 17 - September 24
The Lille Beer Festival, or Bière a Lille (BAL), takes place in the northern France city for one week in September. In 2022, there were 100 events dedicated to craft beer in bars, restaurants and breweries.
Le BAL is one of the most famous beer festival in France and Europe. In 2023, 18,000 visitors attended during the French beer festival.
What to Expect at BAL
More than 100 breweries will be participating at BAL 2023. A third of the breweries are local, with a further third coming from around France, and the final third from around the world.
Some breweries will be appearing in France for the first time. Of course, this being northern France, there will also be excellent food with six local chefs providing live cooking and snacks.
When is BAL?
The festival will be from 17 to 24 September, 2023
Where is the Lille Beer Festival?
There will be a series of events across the city, with the final weekend taking place in the Lille Grand Palais.
Tickets for Le BaL
Tickets for the festival cost from €6 and can be bought here.
Follow Mark Bibby Jackson as he discovers Lille: Beer and the Rugby World Cup 2023. Alternatively you can discover more about the beer in Lille by reading Aurélie Baguet’s guide to The 5 Best Beer Bars in Lille.
Lille to London Eurostar
It is really easy to reach the French city from the UK. Take the Eurostar to Lille Europe station from London St Pancras (1 hour 15 minutes).
Lille Things To Do
More information on the Lille Beer Festival
Can be found by visiting the website : https://www.bierealille.com/
All images kindly provided by Aurélie Baguet of L’échapée bière,