The Delapre Beer Festival will definitely happen next year, run either by volunteers or Northampton Borough Council.
The event has traditionally been staged by the county branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) but it stepped back from organising it this year.
This led to fears the event may not happen but The Wig and Pen pub, in St Giles Street, and the borough council stepped in to ensure it continued.
Guildhall officials have now said the event will definitely go ahead in 2014, even if CAMRA is not involved.
More than 8,000 people visited Delapre Abbey for this year’s festival, which ran from May 30 to June 1, and offered more than 300 real ales and 60 ciders.
Council leader, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), said: “We’ve approached CAMRA and asked them what they want to do. We want to work with them to ensure it goes ahead and we are waiting on a decision on whether they want to run it.
“We want to work with them, as it was their event originally. But we have started to put plans in place to make sure the event does happen.”
Phil Greenway, CAMRA chairman and previous festival organiser, announced he would be stepping down from both roles at the branch AGM.
He has set a deadline of tomorrow for volunteers to replace him: “I will give as much support as I can for anyone coming forward for the role.”