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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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August 2019

Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2019

August 24 - August 25
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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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 two-day festival in August, this is where quality and high standard beers flow to you straight from the brewers. With the emergence of craft beers over the past decade, perhaps it’s surprising that the Belgian capital and beer city of Brussels did not have a specific international craft beer festival…

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Taste of Sonoma 2019, California

August 31
GREEN MUSIC CENTER AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park,CA94928United States
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Sonoma County is one of California’s finest wine regions. Noted for the quality of its wines, especially chardonnay and pinot noir, and a 45-minute from San Francisco, the region has 425 wineries, from small family-run places to large household names. Many of these appear at the Taste of Sonoma held at the end of August each year. What is described by the local tourism department as “the wine event of the year”, the Taste of Sonoma features some of the…

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September 2019

Rhythm & Brews Festival, North York Moors

September 14 - September 15
Moors National Park Centre Danby,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Rhythm & brews Festival

The Rhythm & Brews Festival is a new beer and music festival held in September to celebrate the diverse and talented pool of North East musicians, as well as regional artisanal brewers. Over the two days of the festival, 15 breweries, such as the Ampleforth Brewery and Bad Seed Brewery in Malton, will have a selection of craft beers to sample. To accompany the ale, an array of streetfood, including gourmet bangers from Leeds' The Sausage Box will be on…

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October 2019

Great American Beer Festival Denver, 2019

October 3 - October 9
Colorado Convention Center Denver,COUnited States + Google Map
$70 – $85
Great American Beer Festival

Denver, known as the mile high city, is hosting The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), which expects to have over 60,000 visitors and will host around 4,000 beers from over 800 brewers across the United States of America. Organisers claim the Festival is the widest range of American beer ever. Great American Beer Festival Tickets The organisers recommend buying tickets online beforehand due to the popularity of the event. Tickets cost $85 each, which includes a tasting cup, unlimited one…

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National Wine Day Moldova Wine Festival 2019

October 5 - October 6
Great National Assembly Square, Great National Assembly Square
Chisinau,Moldova, Republic of
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The 18th National Wine Day Moldova will see hundreds of wines from some 60 producers on display over the two-day Moldova wine festival celebrating the country’s centuries-old winemaking traditions in October. Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the Great National Assembly Square in the Moldova capital Chisinau for the Moldova wine festival, which is a major event in the country’s calendar. What is the National Wine Day Moldova? The wine festival allows people to become acquainted…

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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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