August 14, 2012 Gossip

Ready, steady…. beer we go! The team have begun setting up for the Peterborough Beer Festival and we can’t wait!

The countdown has begun and as the fences begin to go up and the site takes shape on the Embankment the excitement is building for Peterborough’s biggest social event of the year!

It couldn’t happen without the volunteers and around 20 CAMRA members pitched in at the weekend to make a start, giving up their time for free on a Sunday. Forget the Olympics’ Games Makers – these are the Beer Fest Makers and we applaud them!

Beer Festival press officer Karl Simpson told ESP these included regular helper ‘Swampy’ who returns each year to work – “Not all the jobs on site are glamorous however. During the festival in the staff canteen he rolls up his sleeves and washes over 4,000 plates over the five days. However, last year he still found time to raise £435 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by abstaining for three days… some feat at a beer festival!”

Local landlords of The Ploughman, The Dragon and the new Werrington Tea Rooms, Andy Simmonds and his brother Stuart also  took time away from running the pubs to help with the running of the festival.

Karl continued – “It’s a huge logistical operation requiring the co-ordination of men (and women) and machinery. Often equipment doesn’t arrive on time and this year was no different as the assembled workers had to wait for over an hour after building the 250 fences for the clamps to arrive. However, the sun was out and we had tea and bacon butties to keep us occupied!”

Over the next few days the giant marquees will be put up, true to the promised horseshoe layout which returns this year, so no matter how many pints of Old Codger’s Gut Grumbler you’ve downed you’ll be in familiar territory!

For real ale fans there’s a great new App available that’s been created by Kristian Brown (available at Its gives you loads of info about the beers if you’re on the move and is a fun way to interact with the festival.

Karl added – “In fact we were so impressed we asked him if he’d like to help us judge the champion beers of the festival!” 

ESP’s Mikey Clarke will also be joinging the judging panel (Hic!) and will hopefully be sober enough to report back.

Plus don’t miss the ESP Lunchtime Quiz hosted by our very own Ian Gray starting Wednesday August 22 every day at the Beer Festival- it’s great fun over your lunch hour with plenty of prizes up for grabs!