THERE will be plenty of supping at Bromsgrove’s 14th annual beer and cider festival which takes place at the town’s rugby club.
The event will be open on Thursday evening (June 30) from 6pm for CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) members only and, for the general public, from 11am to 9pm next Friday (July 1) and between 11am and 9pm next Saturday (July 2).
The event will feature 144 real ales and 53 ciders – a 20 per cent on last year.
The festival will showcase local breweries as part of the CAMRA LocAle campaign and, on the Thursday, a selected panel will judge the Champion Beer of Britain – Stout and the West Midlands Cider of the Year .
This year’s festival theme is pirates, celebrating the life of Charlotte Badger – the first female pirate who came from Bromsgrove.
According to the organisers, those who go along should ‘expect pirate themed outfits and fun throughout the weekend’.
The festival charity this year is MacMillan Cancer Support. Several members from Bromsgrove and Redditch CAMRA, which organises the event, have been affected by cancer.
Festival entry will be £5 which includes a commemorative festival glass and programme. There will be discounts for card-carrying CAMRA members.
There will be live bands playing from 7pm on the Friday and from midday on the Saturday. That starts with Blackwell Concert Band followed by music from local bands and schools. Food outlets will be serving hot dogs, pizza, burgers, crisps and speciality chocolate.
Camping is available at the Rugby club on a first-come first-served basis at £5 per night for a tent and £10 per night for a camper.
People drinking their own alcohol and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
There will be limited parking at the rugby club, charged at £2 per car but the venue is well-served by local taxi, bus and rail services.
Visit bromsgrovebeerfestival.org.uk or email BromBeerFest@rb.camra.org.uk for more information.