Beer festival is cancelled

The annual Erewash Valley beer festival – set to take place in the autumn – has been cancelled.

Organisers have said it is because they could not offer ‘anything different’ to drinkers who attend city festivals or even similar events at local pubs.

The popular event, held last year at Long Eaton’s Westgate Suites, attracts hundreds of real ale fans and has been running since 2007, when it was held in Ilkeston.

Chairman of Erewash Valley Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Kevin Thompson said: “The decision was made before I took the post on the committee.

“I think one of the reasons was we didn’t really offer anything terribly unique.

“We only did a fairly small beer festival in comparison to Derby or Nottingham, not dissimilar to what pubs like the Spanish Bar in Ilkeston did recently.”

He said neither a lack of funding nor falling popularity were reasons behind the decision, with about 20 new CAMRA members signing up locally each month.

A 2014 festival was ‘yet to be discussed’ he added.

“We have to try to think of something different to do next time,” he said.