Festivals
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St Albans Beer & Cider Festival September 28 -3 October. Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD Alban Arena is a short walk from St Albans City & Abbey railway stations. Seven bars with up to; 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 75 foreign beers from all over the world plus hot and cold food stands, Breweriana auctions, Quiz on Saturday with superb prizes. Live musical entertainment Thursday evening with the Zip Heads, the Bagatelle String Quartet Saturday lunchtime and Geno Washington and the Ram Jam band Saturday evening. CAMRA members free at all times. VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED for a wide range of duties where your skills will be highly appreciated and rewarded with free food and beer; set up, bar service, maintaining beer quality, admin and finance duties. Please e-mail staffing officer Dave Wright or phone him 07979 694567 or fill in staffing form on website. All other enquires email here   (please put SABF 2016 in subject line)
Bexley Cider Trail Noon Wed 12 and 16th October. Bexley Cider Trail, Bexley, DA1.   Bexley's offering is the Bexley Cider Trail - a delectable taste tour of British cider! Bexley is blessed with four Micropubs and a Brewery - and all are taking part. The Penny Farthing in Crayford, The Broken Drum in Blackfen, The Hackney Carriage in Sidcup and The Door Hinge in Welling will host some of 20 pre-selected stunning ciders including from Cornwall and Yorkshire; whilst Bexley Brewery in Erith look forward to selling cider to takeaway during their usual brewery opening hours! To complete the event, you will need to purchase a pint or two halves of either festival or 'House' cider at each Micropub and get a stamp on your Cider Passport. These will be available at whichever Micro you start at - although it is suggested you start at either Sidcup or Crayford and then work your way along two local bus routes 96 and 51. It will cost around £15 for four pints or eight halves of Cider and then simply add local bus travel costs. Check out the Bexley CAMRA website to download the leaflet in pdf format and thus look at tasting notes. Each Micro will host a sweet, medium, dry and fruit cider and they will each have a great selection! Some additional regional producers such as Turners or Core may also be available. Email  
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Pigs Ear Beer & Cider Festival 2016 Tuesday 1 Dec to 5. London E5 0LY. Festival will run from Tuesday November 29th to Saturday December 3rd. 2017 - Festival will run from Tuesday December 5th to Saturday December 9th. Rember Colonel Travis in the Alamo? He wanted volunteers and so do we. No line in the sand though. It will soon be time for the 2016 Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Festival which takes place as usual in late November and early December at the Round Chapel in Hackney. Once again we are looking for over 120 willing volunteers to take on the full range of jobs at the festival. Without you we could not have the festival. Here is a volunteer form or one in RTF  format which includes an explanation of job roles. PLEASE fill in ALL the details on the form. It is important that we have this chance to check and update our records. You can return it either as an email attachment or in the post. We welcome all help. In particular we very much look for help in the setting up and taking down period so do consider if you could be available. We are also looking at anyone who might be interested in helping Team Tango with stewarding duties. Finally, there are a couple of periods where we also need more volunteers. These are Friday evening (our busiest time) and Saturday daytime. Therefore even if you cannot help on other days but can on these then that would be very much appreciated. If you haven’t worked at a Beer Festival before, why not give it a go? Although working at the festival is hard work, it can also be fun with the chance to engage with our many visitors to the festival. Volunteers are allowed free beer (within reason) and also receive food vouchers to use at the food concessions at the festival. You will get training for any role you choose and there will be plenty of experienced people about. Please think about volunteering, you will be made most welcome! We look forward to hearing from you. Pig's Ear Staffing Team  
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