Beer festival hailed a ‘great success’

PUBLISHED: 13:14 13 March 2019

Beer and cider was flowing at Wrington Beer Festival.	Picture: Mark Atherton

Beer and cider was flowing at Wrington Beer Festival. Picture: Mark Atherton

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A beer festival has hailed its first event a success after pints were raised by revellers enjoying the celebrations last Friday and Saturday.

Wrington Beer Festival organisers Sam Partridge, Simon Gait, Paul Coates and James Beyer.	Picture: Mark AthertonWrington Beer Festival organisers Sam Partridge, Simon Gait, Paul Coates and James Beyer. Picture: Mark Atherton

More than 300 people attended the Wrington Beer Festival, held at the village memorial hall, and its organisers hope to have raised ‘a few thousand pounds’ for the village scout and guides group.

Twenty types of beer and six different ciders featured at the event and a spokesman for the festival said he thinks it will ‘definitely’ run again next year.

Event organiser James Beyer said: “The festival went really, really well.

“I don’t know how much it raised yet because it hasn’t been added up, but hopefully it’s in the region of a few thousand pounds for the scouts.

People enjoying themselves at Wrington Beer Festival.	Picture: Mark AthertonPeople enjoying themselves at Wrington Beer Festival. Picture: Mark Atherton

“In another week we should definitely know how much we have collected for the group.

“We had 20 beers all in all, and we bought an extra five kegs for the festival so we didn’t run low behind the bar.

“It was really good to see lots of people from outside the village and everyone we spoke to said it should be an annual event.”

Food was served throughout the festival with a selection of chilis available on the Friday and Saturday evening and a ploughman’s lunch was on offer during the weekend day’s event.

Burrington and Wrington scouts serving up food at Wrington Beer Festival.	Picture: Mark AthertonBurrington and Wrington scouts serving up food at Wrington Beer Festival. Picture: Mark Atherton

He continued: “We had a six-piece sea shanty band, a couple from Wrington doing a jazz set, people were playing the guitar and banjos – it was great.

“Saturday evening’s event sold out, there were 80 tickets sold for the day’s festivities and we got close to capacity on the Friday night, with just ten tickets remaining which weren’t sold.

“We like the venue and it worked well, it’s a decent size to hold the amount of people we sold tickets for.

“We will get together and think about the elements which can stay the same and what needs to change to improve the festival.

People enjoying the Wrington Beer Festival.	Picture: Mark AthertonPeople enjoying the Wrington Beer Festival. Picture: Mark Atherton

“We’re sure we’ll have something pretty similar next year.

“It was about making sure everyone had a great experience, and we wanted to make sure there was a good range of drinks for everyone who came.

“It’s all about having fun and raising money for a good cause.

“Thank you to everyone who came to the festival, who helped out behind the bar, on the door and in the kitchen to help make it such a great success.”

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