Banbury Beer Festival expects a crowd of 2,000

Tim Wilkins, Banbury Beer Festival co-ordinator and John Bellinger of CAMRA North Oxfordshire ENGNNL00120131005161934
Tim Wilkins, Banbury Beer Festival co-ordinator and John Bellinger of CAMRA North Oxfordshire ENGNNL00120131005161934

Organisers of this year’s Banbury Beer Festival are all set for 2,000 visitors expected to attend next week’s event.

Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the festival will take place at the Territorial Army Centre in Oxford Road, Banbury from Thursday, May 8 to Saturday, May 10.

Festival co-ordinator Tim Wilkins said the hope is that the festival will be the largest in its 14-year history.

He said: “Crowds of 2,000 plus are expected to visit the festival over the three-day period to sample more than 100 British beers, ciders and perries; many of them medal winning real ales.”

The Home Counties-themed festival will feature ales from breweries across Southern England. There will also be local breweries at the festival including Hook Norton Brewery, which has attended the festival for many years.

Cats Brewery from Shenington and Turpin Brewery from Hook Norton will both make their first appearance at the festival after opening last year.

Mr Wilkins said: “The main focus of the organising committee is to provide an enjoyable festival for everyone, so we have booked live music from Leatherat on Thursday, the local band Inside Out on Saturday afternoon and well known Pete Watkins on Saturday evening.”

As well as live music there will be a visit from the Hook Norton dray horses and traditional Morris dancing on Saturday.

Food will be avaliable thoughout the festival with a pig roast on offer alongside other meals which also cater for vegetarians.

Mr Wilkins added there will also be country wines on the menu this year, following last year’s success.

The cheese and beer session which was introduced last year will also feature on Friday and Saturday, when local beers will be matched with local cheeses for a lunchtime treat.

There will be plenty of indoor seating and large marquees across the site to ensure the event is a success regardless of the weather.

The festival will take place from 5pm-11pm on Thursday, noon-midnight on Friday and 11am-11pm on Saturday.

Entry is free for CAMRA members. For non-members entry is £1 on Thursday, £2 on Friday before 5pm and £4 after 5pm.

On Saturday, entry is £3 before 5pm and £1 after 5pm.

The festival will raise money for the local Royal British Legion branch.

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