Salisbury’s winter beer and cider festival will make a welcome return to the city at the end of the month.
After a three-year absence, the event will take place in a new home at Brown Street on January 27 and 28 with organisers promising the same focus on top quality cask ales, real ciders and the same relaxed conversation-led atmosphere.
It will be the 24th Winterfest organised by the Salisbury and South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which champions local pubs and breweries.
So it is no surprise that the 24 cask ales on sale will include beers from Downton Brewery, Stonehenge Ales at Netheravon, Small Paul from Gillingham and Sixpenny Brewery, near Cranborne. Five real ciders will also be available.
“It is wonderful that Winterfest is back after an enforced absence of three years to brighten the scene in Salisbury in late January,” said Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of Camra.
“So many people have missed it – Camra volunteers who enjoy organising it and our loyal supporters who love this chance to sample a great range of beers and ciders.
“We are particularly grateful to Amanda and Jonty Newbery, owners of the Brown Street venue, for providing us with a new home.”
Winterfest also has a new logo, designed by well-known local artist Fred Fieber.
The event runs from 6.30pm to 11.30pm and on Saturday, January 28 from 11am to 8pm.
Tickets cost £8 per person per day, which include a free glass and souvenir programme.
Drinks will be sold in half pint and one-third of a pint measures and card-carrying CAMRA members get half a pint free.
Food will also be available for visitors.
Tickets are available from www.tckty.camra.org.uk/e/99/salisbury-winterfest-xxiv and www.salisburycamra.org.uk/events.