What would have been the first large scale beer festival in the city for more than two years, Soke Fest was planned for The Cresset from January 21-23.
They said: “It is with great sadness that we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone Soke Fest until later in the year. As all of you will appreciate the current situation with the pandemic and the new variant has caused many venues and events to postpone or cancel their activities, including the much loved local Straw Bear Festival due this month.
“Our decision to postpone has been brought about by our concern for public safety. We have had a number discussions with our brewers, some of whom have requested we postpone the event due to their rapidly falling staff levels. The prospect of them operating at an event within an enclosed environment could possibly result in their staff becoming even more depleted, making business more difficult.”
The pair said they were working with The Cresset to look at moving the event, adding: “Be rest assured we are committed to holding Soke Fest in the very near future. For those who have purchased tickets for the event, we will be in touch in due course with what options are available to you.”