Reading Beer and Cider Festival organisers have said it is “no one’s fault” that they have had to cancel the event for the third year in a row.
The festival was meant to return to Kings Meadow in Reading this year. But festival organisers have cited issues to do with the pandemic behind the reason for its cancellation. The festival usually relies on volunteers to run the day.
The festival organisers announced the news on their Twitter and Facebook platforms.
On Twitter, they wrote: “We’re incredibly sad to share the news that #RBF22 has had to be cancelled due to some of the critical infrastructure now not being available due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.”
Dave Scott, one of the festival organisers, gave a full explanation to volunteers on Saturday, February 5, which was shared on the festival’s Facebook page.
“I’m afraid I have bad news,” he said, “As most (if not all) of you will appreciate, the events industry has taken a hammering during the global pandemic.
“This means that, although we had obtained budget approval from CAMRA to go ahead with this year’s beer festival, meaning we could start booking equipment etc, we have been unable to obtain suppliers for some of the critical infrastructure required to be able to build the event site.
“Unfortunately, I have therefore been forced to make the difficult and sad decision to cancel the event in 2022.
“I appreciate that many of you will have already put in a lot of time and effort into this year’s event and many may already have planned travel and holidays round [sic] the beer festival as you do every year.
“You have my heartfelt apologies for having to cancel the event.”
Dave went on to say that he had been looking forward to seeing people for the first time in two years.
He said: “I would like to thank all of you for the hard work put in over the years and working as a volunteer at RBF has always been the highlight of my year, and its sad that we are missing another one.
“Best wishes and good health to all of you, and if you see me in a pub the first round is on me – and I’m looking forward to 2023!”
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The festival’s volunteering manager, Verity Postgate-Cronbach, said she was “gutted” the event had been axed for this year.
“Both personally and for everyone who had already signed up,” she said, “I was really proud of how many of you amazing people had already filled in the forms and booked holidays and asked intelligent questions and generally already been awesome.
“I and lots of other volunteers (who worked bloody hard to get us as close as we got) are going to be putting everything into making sure RBF23 happens and is bloody amazing.
“Watch this space as we’re going to need your help to get there.”
The festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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