Greg Wells, founder, BCBF, shares the story of his determined and successful beer festival in Bristol, 11-13th September
Bristol Craft Beer Festival successfully returned to the city for 2020 and safely welcomed over 2500 visitors across 3 day event
After close consultation with both SAGE and Bristol City Council, we were ready to open the gates to Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2020, having put in place a huge number of safety measures to ensure we were operating safely and in line with the government’s guidelines.
Despite all the challenges of putting on a festival in this climate, we safely welcomed over 2500 visitors across the weekend to enjoy Bristol Craft Beer Festival at our iconic spot on Bristol Harbourside.
We put in place a number of additional procedures to create a COVID safe environment for visitors, including the development of our own app that directly pinpointed individuals to their tables to ensure the most accurate tracking possible, as well as implementing a strict one-way system that kept all movement to a minimum.
Over 250 litres of hand-sanitizer was used across the weekend with sanitizer located at the entrance and across the site, whilst over 6000 litres of beer was consumed by happy visitors!
Despite strict safety regulations we were still able to host fantastic international and local breweries, had some fantastic female DJs from Saffron Records spinning the decks, and all whilst supporting the local hospitality industry. As the environment is also really important to both myself and the team at We Are Beer, we are proud to say that over 2500kg of mixed waste was collected over the 3-day event, with 0% going into landfill!
We are incredibly proud to have hosted one of the first live outdoor festival events in the UK post lockdown. We took safety very seriously and put in as many steps in as possible to make the event COVID safe, but also give a sense of audience amongst the crowd.
We followed all Government Guidelines with regards to Covid-19 safety. We provided everyone with their own glass for the event, allocated seating, track and trace and extra sanitation of the washroom areas.
We want to thank everyone who came along, the council for their support and a big thanks to the returning breweries. It has been a long time coming for an event like this and was a great success.