Aylsham

They’re there for the beer!

Just Regional
Aug 2, 2013 2 mins read

Round Tablers are well known for their fondness for beer, so organising a beer festival is perhaps not a surprise.But it is a major undertaking, as anyone who has tried to organise such an event will know. The beer festival, to be held on August 2 and 3, will be at the Scout Hut on Midland Road.

The location has easy access to car parking and is within walking distance of the both the town and also the Bittern Line train route from Norwich to Sheringham.

It has been designed with both ale drinkers and families in mind, with attractions laid on for all ages.

There will be 24 ales and six ciders available, all from Norfolk producers. Full details are available on www.nwrt.co.uk/beer-festival-2013 but producers include Woodfordes, Panther, Humpty Dumpty, Norfolk Brewhouse and Old Slewfoot, the latter of which is produced in North Walsham itself.
“We have always had two big events in the year, the Santa Sleigh and a summer antiques show,” said Trevor.

“The antiques show had not happened for a while, so when I became chairman I put forward the idea of the beer festival as an alternative. It will be a fundraising event but it will also have community focus and encourage people in and around the town to get together.

“It will be something to help put the town on the map and bring people to the town. How hard can it be to organise, I naively thought!”

After a lot of hard work, the end result says Trevor is a wide range of beers from light summer drinking to stout and mild. With it being a first it will be difficult to predict numbers of visitors, but if a “few hundred” come through the door it would be a success, he added.

Packages on the door start at £10 for a festival glass, tasting notes and tokens for half pints. Further tokens can be bought once inside. Prices work out at £2.50 a pint. A group effort has seen a bar built, posters designed and a website managed.

There will be music, including an appearance by local favourites the Booze Brothers on the Friday evening.

Saturday will be more family orientated until 5pm, with marquees, face painting, balloons, an ice cream van and a free bouncy castle, although the indoor festival will be adults only.

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