Supporters, Our Charities & Good Causes

Now in its 29th year the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival is organised by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the nationwide consumer organisation responsible for the preservation of our brewing and pub heritage.

From its early years staged in the Athenaeum and Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds the festival moved to The Apex at the Arc Shopping Centre in 2011.

The festival both raises money to support CAMRA’s aims and local charities and deserving good causes. During the past 28 years we have donated in excess of £150,000; In the past two years the festival has raised nearly £25,000.

This year we have expanded the festival to twice it’s original size and have an ambitious target to support our main charity, St Nicholas Hospice and other local good causes.

The festival would not be possible without the generosity of our Sponsors who help in all manner of ways – financial support, goods and materials and practical help. With their support we’re able to help many local charities and good causes. Since its inception the Festival has raised more than £150,000 to help the local community. If you would like to help us and become a Festival Sponsor click here 

ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE has been chosen as our nominated charity again this year; you will see their volunteers working with us throughout the Festival. To find out more about St Nicholas’ Hospice click here

True to our beliefs we’re also planning to support smaller charities and other local good causes if the proceeds of the festival allow. Grants will be awarded during Summer 2020; if you wish to be considered for a grant whether you are a smaller charity, youth group, community group or other deserving cause contact us now click here so we can discuss how you can contribute to and, in turn, benefit from the Festival success.


We are grateful to all our festival sponsors and advertisers, particularity our VIP Supporters.

DJ Evans

DJ Evans Group is a family run business with a history dating back for more than a century. We are East Anglia’s premier independent builder’s/engineer’s merchant and architectural ironmonger.

Lark Technologies

Lark Technology has been building and supplying control & safety packages to the food, pharmaceutical, water, and utility industries for many years. They have over 30 years of experience coupled with an acute understanding and comprehensive supplier base to provide these solutions.

Green King

Our ‘home town brewer, whose origins date back to the 18th Century, is now a national brewer and hospitality organisation. From respected brands – including Greene King IPA, and Abbott and Morland’s Old Speckled Hen – through to pub, restaurant and accommodation the modern-day Greene King, whilst still firmly based in Bury St Edmunds, is one of the UK’s leading and most recognised hospitality brands.

Orbital Food

Orbital Food Machinery – worldwide suppliers & purchasers of food processing machinery, packaging machinery, and refrigeration equipment to the food industry

Orbital started trading in 1994 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in the UK as a relatively small supplier of used food machinery.

Over the years the company has become renowned as one of the leading global buyers and sellers of quality used food processing and packaging machinery.

Boasting one of the largest stocks of food machinery worldwide with a factory space of 100,000 square foot and a team of over 30 strong including office, sales, and engineering staff; we are able to confidently handle projects both large and small providing professional and experienced support throughout.

Orbital Food Machinery also stocks a wide range of new food machinery including the ORBMIX brand of mixers, tumblers, flakers, lifting equipment and wash stations.

Pauls Malt

Okay – Who’s Paul? He’s not a person. We’re a family, the Pauls family. One of the oldest family malting businesses in the UK.

Can an old dog learn new tricks? Yes he can! We maybe old, we’ve been around since the 19th century, but that doesn’t mean we can’t produce some of the best malted barley on the planet. Stuffy and boring? We’re far from it.

We take inspiration from our maritime past and have used it to make malted barley as good as it can get. Our aim is to be the go-to supplier of malted barley for Craft Brewers. That’s what we strive to do.

We’re proud of our past and excited for the future. Our team is passionate about barley and beer and we want to help breweries craft delicious new tipples for their customers to enjoy.

Pauls Malt. Not a person. We’re a family.


Brewshed started brewing in 2011 and brewed very happily in our original shed in the grounds of The Beerhouse for 5 years until we outgrew the space. In 2016, we moved to a new shed with a shiny 12 barrel craft brewery. We are proud to announce our BRAND NEW tasty malt bill and juicy beer called ‘FESTIVALE’ – brewed by the one and only Brewshed.

Our associate supporters include, A1 Cars, Cargate Engineering, Clarkes of Walsham, Oakes Barn, Toolbox Marketing, The Constitutional Club and West Brothers Graphics & Deisgn.