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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July 2019

Sapporo Summer Festival 2019

July 19, 2019 - August 17, 2019
Sapporo Saporro,Japan + Google Map
Sapporo Summer Festival

Lasting a whole month from mid-July to mid-August, the Sapporo Summer Festival 2019 is packed with a variety of cultural, musical, gastronomical and fireworks events attracting...

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September 2019

Rhythm & Brews Festival, North York Moors

September 14, 2019 - September 15, 2019
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…

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October 2019

National Wine Day Moldova Wine Festival

October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019
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...

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February 2020

CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival 2020

February 19, 2020 - February 22, 2020
Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road Pride Park
Derby,DE24 8JEUnited Kingdom
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£3 – £6
Derby Winter Ale Festival

February is the perfect time to visit the city of Derby, regardless of the state of the local football team Derby County’s fortunes. The 16th CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival…

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March 2020

RAW WINE Fair at Covent Garden, London

March 8, 2020 - March 9, 2020
The Store X, 180 The Strand
London,WC2R 1EAUnited Kingdom
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RAW Wine Fair

With the issue of sustainability very much to the fore of the food and drink industry, London’s RAW WINE fair is the place to learn all about wines that are good for the environment...

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April 2022

The Great Derbyshire Beer Festival, 2022

April 1 - April 2
The Chocolate Factory, Siddalls Road
Derby,DE1 2QDUnited Kingdom
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£11
Great Derbyshire Beer Festival

Derby has been dubbed the best place to drink real ale in the world, and for many years has hosted the Camra Derby Winter Ale Festival. Now for the first…

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Zythos Bierfestival 2022 (Zythos Beer Festival)

April 23 - April 24
Brabanthal, Brabantlaan 1
Leuven,Vlaams-Brabant3001Belgium
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€26
Zythos Bierfestival

The Belgian university town of Leuven turns into a mecca of beer when the country’s largest beer festival, the Zythos Bierfestival (ZBF), returns traditionally in the last...

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July 2022

Ealing Beer Festival London, 2022

July 13 - July 16
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane
London,W5 5BGUnited Kingdom
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£20
Ealing Beer Festival

Held in Walpole Park, the Ealing Beer Festival each July is a highlight of the London borough’s series of summer events. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of what is…

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August 2022

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

August 4 - August 7
The Woods at Mammoth Lakes, 5701 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes,CAUnited States
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$38.50 – $357.50
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 2022

August 27 - August 28
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5
BXL Beer Fest

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the two-day festival in August,…

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September 2022

Oktoberfest Munich 2022, Germany

September 17 - 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. The iconic Volksfest will feature live music, funfairs...

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Lille Beer Festival (BAL), France, 2022

September 19 - September 25
Grand Palais, 1, Boulevard des Cites-Unies, EURALILL
Lille,59777France
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€7 – €38
Lille Beer Festival BAL

The Lille Beer Festival, or Bière a Lille (BAL), takes place in the northern France city for one week in September. In 2021, there were 60 events dedicated to craft…

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October 2022

Great American Beer Festival Denver, 2022

October 6 - October 8
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 draw more than 60,000 visitors to sample its 4,000 beers from over…

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Poperinge Beer Festival, Belgium

October 29 - October 30
Maeke Blyde, Doornstraat 43,
Poperinge,8970Belgium
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Free
Poperinge

The Poperinge Beer Festival is one of the most popular beer festivals in Belgium. Held in the town of Poperinge close to the French border, near Ypres, the beer festival…

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