Our festival is very much a summer festival. Our unofficial motto is “Beer on the Farm”, because it is held on a working farm just outside Canterbury.
Only two or three days before the festival opens, our band of volunteers moves into the huge empty barn. One day later, a truly magnificent two-tier bar carrying 300 casks of beer, foreign bottled beers and 100 tubs of cider - about 27000 pints in all - will be up and waiting for the customers. It’s a great achievement.
By the time we open, a stage, lots of tables and chairs, food stalls and the CAMRA shop will have been added, along with 4000 souvenir glasses. Customers will have started camping in the huge fields near the barn.
The Kent Beer Festival is the second oldest CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) festival in Britain. We started in 1975, so next year, 2014, is our 40th anniversary. How are we going to celebrate that?
The other sessions
are free to card-carrying CAMRA members so why
CAMRA now and save yourself the entrance
I hope you enjoy the Festival and discover a beer or two you want to seek out in future.
Kent Beer Festival Organiser