The weekend of 17 – 19th June saw the return of Cheddar Ales Beer Festival with its enjoyable combination of award-winning beers, live music and family entertainment.
This year’s was the most successful event yet with around 1,500 people visiting over the weekend to sample the range of 45 real ales. “It was an incredible couple of days,” says John Magill, the event’s organiser, “We had a great crowd, all very friendly and well behaved, but they were so thirsty we could only just keep up at the bar. We averaged about 200 pints an hour over the weekend, which is really going some.”
Accompanying the beer was some great local music including original indie from The Singletones, the eccentric and eclectic Fred Bloggs Band, banjo bluegrass from the Tin Box Boys, rockabilly from The Tonemasters and classic rock from Rock Dog. John says, “I must say a big thanks to all the bands. They all played their socks off and made the whole thing go with a bang.”
Jem Ham, the owner of Cheddar Ales, added “We would also like to thank the festival’s sponsors for their contributions, there’s rather a long list to mention them all individually, but they know who they are and they will be pleased to know that collectively they have helped us to raise £2,650 for charity.
The money raised is to be split between three good causes – The team aim to refurbish communal areas at St. Michael’s Cheshire Home in Axbridge, to provide new equipment for Weare Community Pre-school and will also make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.