The Lieutenant Governor got the 4th CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival off to a flying start at the new venue of the Villa Marina on Thursday evening. He pulled the first pint of ‘Joey’s’ and handed it to 17 times sidecar TT winner Manxman Dave Molyneux, who was representing the Festival’s good cause the Joey Dunlop Foundation.
The CAMRA Festival organisers were, yet again, bowled over by the Manx public’s growing interest in real ale and cider. Over the three days of the Festival about 3,000 people attended – up by 1,000 from last year. On Saturday twice as many attended as did in 2014. In total about 400 people from across visited. Over 10,500 pints of beer, cider and perry were sold.
However, on Friday late afternoon an unprecedented number came along in a very short period. This lead to queues for the bar. We did all that we could do at the time to ease the delays but unfortunately there was a knock-on effect until the evening. This included taking a decision to admit only those who had purchased tickets in advance. We are very sorry for the queueing and that we had to turn away some people who had not pre-purchased tickets.
The organisers have listened to all the comments that were made and are well aware of the problems. In planning for 2016 we will consider all options to increase bar capacity and make the Festival enjoyable for all who want to attend.
We’re open again, not too busy at the moment so a great time to sample some of the 90 plus beers (not counting ciders!) left!
Anyone who comes along asap this afternoon with a valid unused prepaid ticket from Friday very welcome to come back this afternoon and get in free.
Second day of the beer festival, and there are a few more beers ready!
Still plenty of beers and ciders left, so come on down and get dancing and drinking!
You can even sit out on the lawn with a pint and enjoy some slightly misty sun!
With less than 24 hours to the opening of the festival, we have a new page on the site, which should answer any questions you have got.
If we have forgotten anything, please let us know in the comments and we will get it updated!
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor will be officially opening the Festival at approx. 6:30pm on Thursday 9th April by pulling the first pint of ‘Joeys’ and handing it to Dave Molyneux, 17 times TT winner, as the representative from the Joey Dunlop Foundation. Pints will also be served to racers Chris McGahan, 4 times Manx GP winner, and his sidecar driver Nigel Smith who very kindly will be displaying their sidecar unit in the Royal Hall during the Festival. This sidecar unit is sponsored by three breweries – Castle Rock and Hooded Ram and Bushy’s (the last two are Manx) – with sponsor monies going directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Isle of Man
After the Festival, Joeys (brewed by Bushy’s) will be on general sale with 10p from every pint going to the Joey Dunlop Foundation.
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, don’t forget there are still plenty available for each session on the door.