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Event Category: Wine and Beer Festivals

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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April 2021

Fiesta de la Vendimia Chile 2021

April 1 - April 30
Various
fiesta de la vendimia chile

The vendimia is a generic word for harvests, though it usually refers to Chile’s wine harvest. Arguably, the centre of the fiesta de la vendimia Chile is the Maipo Valley,…

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Zythos Bierfestival 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

April 24 - April 25
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 24 and…

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August 2021

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

August 5 - August 8
The Woods at Mammoth Lakes, 5701 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes,CAUnited States
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Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

The Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza is a mix of many shades of blues music and even more flavours of craft beers and ciders. Music ranges from blues to…

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Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2021

August 21 - August 22
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5 – €15
BXL Beer Fest, Brussels, Belgium

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers from a dozen countries show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the…

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September 2021

Oktoberfest Munich 2021, Germany

September 18 - October 3
Theresienwiese, Bavariaring
Munich,Bavaria80336Germany
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Free
Oktoberfest Munich, Germany

Dust off your lederhosen or dirndl for the world’s largest and most famous beer festival, the Oktoberfest in Munich. This year’s 187th edition of the iconic Volksfest will feature live…

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February 2022

Bruges Beer Festival 2022 Belgium

February 5, 2022 - February 6, 2022
Brugs Bierfestival, 't Zand
Brugge,8000Belgium
Free
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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