At normal times, Cambridge would be getting ready to welcome big crowds for the yearly CAMRA Beer Festival on Jesus Green this time of the year. I am sure that I am not the only one disappointed that this had to be cancelled for the second year in a row because of the pandemic. The Beer Festival was one of my foodie highlights every year. Relaxed afternoons meeting up with friends, sampling new beers and enjoying great street food.
What’s happening this year?
But there is no point going on about it! Let’s hope that we’re back to normal next year, and we can enjoy the beer festival on Jesus Green again. The exciting thing is that there will be a Cambridge Beer Festival online, local pubs will hold tastings, and at one of the businesses in Mill Road, you can sample Italian beers.
This year’s festival would have been the 48th Beer Festival on Jesus Green. Instead, they have moved the event to pubs and online from 24 to 29 May.
Support local businesses
During the Cambridge Beer festival, always a huge amount of cider and beer is sold. At least 100,000 pints of beer and cider during the Cambridge Beer festival! To support these businesses, many of them providing delivery or collection services.
Limoncello’s Italian Beer Festival
When you mention Italian beer Peroni and Moretti, straight away spring to mind, but there are actually quite a few interesting Italian beers around! So this year, Limoncello decided to organise the Italian beer festival at their restaurant alongside the Cambridge Beer Festival. Although Italy is a great consumer of wine, beer has gained a lot in popularity since the 70s and is considered an ideal accompaniment to pizzas.
Will you give these Italian beers a try? I am intrigued to find out which Italian beers the team of Limoncello has selected for this event as I am a bit of a novice when it comes to beer from Italy. An excellent excuse to work my way through their selection. To avoid getting a bit wobbly, I will need to have something to eat, of course. So what will it be this time, pizza or pasta? Or both, we could share the food, which we tend to do with Italian food.