CAMRA has announced that it has cancelled the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), which was due to take place from 4-8 August at Olympia in London.
The announcement follows the prime minister’s decision to restrict all movement outside the home to combat the current COVID-19 crisis.
The festival, which features over a thousand different beers and attracts nearly 40,000 annual visitors, has been running for over 40 years.
“While we hope that restrictions on movement will ease up by August, it is clear we will not have the resources available to organise an event this size during the current crisis,” says Catherine Tonry, GBBF organiser. “The decision to cancel the GBBF has not been taken lightly. We were hoping to wait until closer to the time to avoid disappointing our volunteers and the public, however we can no longer delay.
“We know this will incredibly disappointing for many of our volunteers who regularly travel from all corners of the country to help pull pints throughout the week. We want to thank them all for their help each year and hope they will be able to join us once again in 2021.”