Are we a town of alcoholics or is the town in desperate need of visitor boosts?So the Prosecco Festival in Ipswich has been announced for November. We have had wine and spirits, beer, gin etc. I am expecting a Champagne, Whisky, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Vodka, Cider, Cognac, Perry, Tequila, Port etc. festival or two to be revealed in the next 24 months.Questions should be raised as to why we are seeing floods of these events. I don't agree with the festival term most go by, especially when one off events or on different days each year. Furthermore, for such a big term, I would expect a street party in the town centre rather than an enclosed event in the town hall.Ipswich Borough Council have admitted the reason why civic buildings such as the Ipswich Town Hall, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion have hosted past events is to boost visitor numbers. Surely, they cannot include the footfall of adult alcohol parties/drink tasting with entrance figures to the museums and town hall?On a moral point of view, I don't think the council should be encouraging these forms of events at all. Yes, they rake in quite a bit of money for the limited time the places are hired... and they are hyped up compared to an outing to the pub (they might obtain visitors outside the town but limited due to how widespread the events are - if Ipswich has one most large towns and cities will have them). It is like when the borough allowed endless gambling shops to open in the town centre without a care about the damage it could do, before the fallout of homelessness etc.Too many low-brow events as alternatives to existing behavioural trends. They try to hype it up so its classy and its responsible adults who are alcoholic beverage snobs enjoying a drink or two from middle class backgrounds as a day visitor to Ipswich. None of the sort. Most people attending will just be interested in consuming alcohol of any description regardless of taste, likely as a tag-along social event with a friend or on a date. It takes a lot of organising a proper event - and it seems these numerous "festivals" which can be set up with limited cost and time, are just "easy wins" to add to the Ipswich calendar. If you can organise an event in half a day by yourself, it isn't a festival!I would personally prefer a combined festival over a long weekend (probably with food) where it can draw benefits to the local economy. Why not hold it over a Bank Holiday weekend?! You can have the main events for tasting etc. but also let the pubs get in on it. Encourage people to stay over at hotels for those who travel to Ipswich because it is such a big event and doing so will also boost restaurants and cafes, perhaps even shops while you are at it. Nope, let's just have another alcohol event in a civic building. This approach financially limits people from consuming too much alcohol too rather than spread out across the year. Some people literally spend almost their whole pay packet on recreation after payday. Absolutely bonkers.