Record numbers attend GBBF

By Robyn Lewis

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Record numbers attended GBBF this year
Record numbers attended GBBF this year
A record number of beer fans attended this year's Great British Beer Festival, with numbers up 7.6% on last year according to Camra.

A record number of 64,000 beer fans attended this year's Great British Beer Festival.

Numbers were up 7.6% on last year according to event organisers the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The organisation also recruited 1,400 new members over the course of the week, reaching the 100,000 member mark for the first time.

CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner put the success down to an increasing interest in cask beer not just from traditional fans but younger consumers and women as well. Widespread coverage of the event in the media along with the Independent newspaper's Real Ale Supplement, also boosted interest, he said.

"This year's festival was a huge success and demonstrates the increasing interest in real ale as our national drink. It was great to see such a mix of people during the week with lots of younger drinkers and women enjoying real ale as well."

The increased number of visitors meant more volunteers than ever before were needed to run the event, with a record 1,200 people volunteering this year.

Other highlights included new features such as the Shepherd Neame ingredients area, which proved popular and the Girl's Guide to Beer Tours, which attracted 72 women this year. Camra also used the event to launch its Save Tetley's Brewery campaign.

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