Beer festival set to stoke Ashes rivalries
A SPECIAL Ashes theme is set to see the Edgworth Real Ale Festival bowl over beer lovers and stoke up old rivalries when it returns next month.
With more than 60 cask ales on offer, the eighth instalment of the popular festival will hope to substantially add to the £58,000 it has helped raise for good causes in its first seven years.
For three nights from Friday September 27, the Barlow Institute will showcase the best beers from Lancashire and Yorkshire — with the old enemies joining forces to embarrass the Aussies in similar vein to the cricket.
With the main bar stocked with the counties’ best ales — as well as 10 ciders — jibes will be directed at a mock Aussie “bar”, simply stocking cans of fosters in a fridge.
Alex Docherty, the festival’s chairman, said: “We always try to have some sort of theme each year, just to give it a selling point.
“This year we thought of the Ashes and we will have a bit of a jokey bar war set up to reflect England’s victory.”
The festival, which has previously used the War of the Roses and, last year, the Ale-lympics as themes, nominates two charities to donate every penny of its profits to.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Charity have been chosen this year, the latter selected in tribute to Steve Simpson, a founding member of the festival’s committee, who died last year of blood cancer.
“We thought choosing the charity would be a nice tribute to him, as he was so well-known and respected in Edgworth and on the committee,” said Mr Docherty, aged 36.
“Even though his ill-health stopped him working in recent years, he was the driving force when the festival started up.”
To hit the festival’s fundraising targets, Mr Docherty hopes to attract between 1,000 and 1,200 people through the doors over the three days, in line with previous years.
“All the beer is ordered and it really is a great list this year,” added Mr Docherty.
“We’re just putting the finishing touches to it really and we’ll be good to go.”
Entrance fees for Friday and Saturday are to be confirmed, but admission will be free on the Sunday.
The festival’s main sponsors are car dealers RRG Group and manufacturer Melba Swintex, but to sponsor a barrel or place an advert in the festival’s programme, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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