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Peterborough Beer Festival 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19

Peterborough Beer Festival will be cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19, organisers have announced.
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Beer Fest 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19 (Photo: archive.terry-harris.co.uk)

Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival 2021 has confirmed they have decided to cancel the event due to take place this summer due to the uncertainty of Covid-19. 

After the cancellation of last year's event, organisers were going full steam ahead with their plans for 2021, but having hoped for different circumstances for this year, they have made the decision to cancel the 2021 event too. 

In a statement on social media, they said: "This has not been an easy decision to take, but is without doubt the correct decision at this time. Let me just put some perspective on this, maybe a brief explanation.

"It costs CAMRA around £250,000 to build the site and get the infrastructure into place, before we even consider the cost of purchasing beers and other wet sales products, or consider staffing costs or the range of other behind the scenes activities.

"Many suppliers are national companies with long term commitments and overheads that require a substantial deposit from us in advance of the event taking place. We cannot take this financial risk given the current uncertainty.

"In addition, PCBF has to have the correct insurance cover in place but with Covid-19 conditions needing to be included into insurance policies the costs and risks are beyond our means at this time.

"No one can be sure where we may find ourselves in late August, but one thing for certain is that many uncertainties will still prevail, even in six months' time. The percentage of the public with up to date vaccinations, any new variants of the disease, group isolation/lockdowns and the possibility of legislation to close down events with little or no notice are factors that we have no control over.

"PCBF is said to be the Social Event of the Year for many of us and Peterborough CAMRA believe it is a must to protect members of the public as well as our 200+ staff from any potential unnecessary exposure to any risk from the virus.

"With around 27,000 visitors over the five days of the festival and a vaccination efficacy of 93% it could be possible for 200 persons to be infected simply by visiting the festival. We cannot risk the health of any visitors or staff unnecessarily."

They added: "This is not the end of Peterborough Beer Festival, once some semblance of normality returns and we are able to operate the event securely and safely, then we will do so. Please understand the difficulties we all currently find ourselves in. We will still need all of your support to get back on track when we are able."