Bristol Craft Beer Festival safely welcomed more than 2,500 visitors for a series of ticketed sessions across three days at Bristol Harbourside.

Despite the challenges of putting on a festival in the current climate, the team behind the festival put in place a number of procedures to create a covid-safe environment for visitors. Attendees were invited to be part of the festival on tables of no more than six. Organisers also implemented a strict one-way system that kept all movement to a minimum. 

In order to maximise safety, there were a number of additional elements to the festival, including the development of an app that directly pinpointed the individual to a table to ensure the most accurate tracking possible. 

More than 250 litres of hand sanitiser were used across the weekend, with sanitiser points located at the entrance and across the site, while over 6000 litres of beer were consumed by happy visitors.

Doing its part for the environment, 2,500kg of mixed waste was collected over the three-day event, with none of it going into landfill. The festival was seen to pave the way for other outdoor events in the UK. 

We Are Beer and Bristol Craft Beer Festival co-creator, Greg Wells, said: “We are incredibly proud to have hosted one of the first physically distanced live outdoor festival events in the UK, post-lockdown.

“Despite strict safety regulations, we were still able to host fantastic international and local breweries, had some fantastic female DJs from Saffron Records spinning the decks, and all whilst supporting the local hospitality industry.

“We want to thank everyone who came along, the council for their support, and a big thanks to the returning breweries. It has been a long time coming for an event like this, and was a great success.  

“We took safety very seriously and put in as many steps in as possible to make the event physically distanced, but also a sense of audience amongst the crowd. We followed all government guidelines with regards to covid-19 safety. We provided everyone with their own glass for the event, allocated seating, temperatures tests, track and trace, and extra sanitation of the washroom areas.”

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