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There was a time, not so long ago, that beer was frowned upon. Walking into a London pub in my early 20s I often faced the choice of lager or bitter, and if I was really lucky maybe a pint of Guinness. But things have changed and there is a plethora of beer on display ranging from the hoppy to the flowery, the traditional bitter to golden summer ales and weissbeer. Unsurprisingly, this has also seen an explosion in the number of beer festivals around the globe.

Beer Festivals London

Part of the reason for this is the fine work undertaken by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale), who have striven for the recognition and appreciation of traditional beer. One of the highlights of the beer drinkers calendar is the Ealing Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA and held in grassy Walpole Park in West London. Sample anything from a cloudy beer with a hint of grapefruit to a thick porter you can stand your pen in. There’s even wine and cider for those with a less-discerning palate.

Craft Beer Festivals

Another reason for the resurgence of beer is the emergence of craft ale – what we used to call homebrew in my childhood. Nowhere is this more the case than in the US, where the craft beer revolution commenced. While San Diego might claim to be the craft beer capital of America, there are American beer festivals across the country, including the Mammoth Festival of Beers or Bluesapalooza and the Great American Beer Festival. Often these double up as music festivals offering both kinds of music – Country and Western.

Belgian Beer Festivals

However, nowhere, with the possible exception of Germany, do the people take their beer as seriously as in Belgian. On any visit to the capital Brussels, you must surely note the reverence its inhabitants pay towards the mighty ale. And, if you travel around the country be sure to check up on what festivals are taking place during your visit. The Bruges Beer Festival and Zythos Bierfestival in Leuven are two that you just should not miss on your Belgium holidays.

Wine Festivals

If you are more into wine than beer then despair not, the world overflows with wine festivals too. For a slightly off-the-beaten-track wine experience then why not try the National Wine Day Moldova, a massive celebration of the vineyards that used to supply half of the Soviet Union’s wine. Or there is the Fiesta de la Vendiama in Chile, where you can watch the grapes being harvested, or even perhaps join in.

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November 2019

Brussels Christmas Market 2019-2020

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Different squares and streets including the Grand Place Brussels,Belgium
Brussels Christmas Market 2018

The Brussels Christmas Market is no doubt one of the best in Europe for food and atmosphere. Winter Wonders – as the market is dubbed – runs over two kilometres through the Belgian capital’s historic town centre. Think cobbled streets and medieval market squares home to snow-dusted market stalls, cosy brasseries, lively pop-up cafés and bars. A covered ice-skating rink, an illuminated Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, brass bands, free performances, ice sculptures, a fun Christmas parade and a magical light and…

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December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2019 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill Festival worldwide festival

The biggest event of indigenous warrior tribes in India’s Nagaland state, the 10-day Hornbill Festival sees singing, dance and sports performances mix...

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February 2020

Bruges Beer Festival 2020 Belgium

February 1, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Different locations in the city centre Bruges,Belgium
Bruges Beer Festival Belgium

Since its first edition in 2007 the Bruges Beer Festival (“Brugs Bierfestival” in Flemish) has earned itself a reputation as one of Belgium’s best beer festivals, and that is saying something ...

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April 2020

Zythos Bierfestival 2020 in Leuven, Belgium

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020
Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1
Leuven,Vlaams-Brabant3001Belgium
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Zythos Bierfestival Belgium

The Belgian university town of Leuven turns into a mecca of beer when the country’s largest beer festival, the Zythos Bierfestival (ZBF), returns for its 17th edition on 25 and 26 April. One of Europe’s biggest beer festivals, the Zythos Bierfestival 2020 will host more than 100 Belgian brewers with well over 500 different beers. The beers are divided into three categories: Note: the below list of beers is from last year's 2019 edition. Watch this space for updated 2020…

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