York Beer Festival moves to a new location, plans giant beer garden and world food court

Sun streams through Europe's longest bar at last year's York Beer & Cider Festival. Photograph: York CAMRA
18 Jun 2016 @ 12.42 pm
| Food & drink

Yorkshire’s biggest beer garden and a world food court – York Beer Festival is moving on and moving up in 2016.

York Beer & Cider Festival 2016

York Racecourse

Wed Sept 14-Sat Sept 17


Festival website

York CAMRA has revealed the dates and details of this year’s Beer & Cider Festival – the largest outdoor festival in the North.

And the jamboree has a new home – but it’s not moving far.

It will be held from September 14-17 in the new purpose-built course enclosure directly opposite the grandstand at York Racecourse.

Although very close to its former home on Knavesmire, the enclosure has the added advantage of being on an area with built in drainage to guard against flooding during downpours.

And it offeres far better amenities such as permanent toilets and a permanent perimeter fence.

Taste the world

The festival will take place in the course enclosure opposite the grandstand at York Racecourse
The festival will take place in the course enclosure opposite the grandstand at York Racecourse

The festival promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than

  • 450 real ales
  • 100 ciders and perries
  • plus a foreign beer bar.

There will be an expanded range of world cuisines and street food available in an enhanced food village within the beer festival enclosure plus Yorkshire’s biggest beer garden.

A range of bands and musicians are booked to provide entertainment on the live stage inside the marquee.

York CAMRA will host the SIBA North East Beer Competition for the third year running, where more than 100 regional breweries pit their real ales against each other.

Festival organiser Melissa Reid said:

We’re all really excited about the move to the new site, which has given us the opportunity to redesign our site layout and add more food traders.

Now we need to get our thinking caps on to come up with some even more exciting festival special beers to brew and sample!

In another first for the festival – York CAMRA are partnering with Eventbrite to offer advance tickets for all sessions of the festival which will include e-ticketing via smartphones.

Details of where to go to purchase these will be made available over the next week or so.