The Delapre Abbey event is rapidly becoming known as one of the best CAMRA beer festivals in the East Midlands, and is set to grow even further in the coming years, staff and venue permitting. Congratulations to festival organiser Phil Greenway, and all the hard working volunteers who helped make this year's festival such an enjoyable, and successful event.
I propped up the cider bar during the Friday afternoon session, where a small but steady flow of customers kept the staff busy (the lull before the storm as it turned out!). There were a wide range of ciders and perrys from Gwynt-Y-Ddraig, Millwhite's, and Thatchers, including some single varietals and spirit cask matured ciders; plus LocApple ciders from Eve's of Kettering, and our own Rockingham Forest and Sulgrave Orchard ciders. As usual I didn't manage to try any of the beers, though I'm led to believe there were quite a few good ones! Mention must also be made of the excellent Malt Shovel Tavern, which provided a useful staging post for many people on the way to the festival.