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Belfast beer festival off due to Ulster Hall rent hike

The Belfast Beer and Cider Festival will not be taking place this year (stock photo)
The Belfast Beer and Cider Festival will not be taking place this year (stock photo)
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Organisers of the Belfast Beer and Cider Festival have announced that this year's event will not go ahead after they failed to secure a venue in time.

The event has traditionally been held in November at the Ulster Hall. This year's festival would have marked the 20th anniversary.

Organisers said the event was cancelled due to a rise in the price of renting the Ulster Hall and lack of time to secure an alternative venue.

However, they moved to reassure fans that the event is planned to return in 2020.

Organisers said the price charged by the Ulster Hall to host the event would have made the entrance fee needed to break even too high.

"We felt the festival went well in 2018, with some great improvements and a great atmosphere, so it was with a heavy heart that we concluded there was no viable way for us to afford their fees, and had to walk away and start looking for another venue," organisers said.

"From that point we've been working hard to try to secure a workable venue for the festival for this year, but I'm afraid we've simply run out of time and options to deliver a festival in November 2019."

Belfast City Council was contacted for a response.

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