Towcester Beer Festival will be biggest so far

MCBW - 08-04-11 - Towcester Beer Festival - April 29 - barrels
MCBW - 08-04-11 - Towcester Beer Festival - April 29 - barrels

BEER: The third Towcester Beer Festival on the first May Bank Holilday weekend is set to the be the biggest so far, with more beer, more cider, and three days of live music.

On the Friday night, a six-piece Blues Brothers Tribute Band will take to the stage blasting out covers as well as Jake and Ellwood’s favourite tunes.

On Saturday, there is a line up of five bands and during the family day on Sunday, Towcester Rock School will be showcasing its talent.

Joint organiser Crispin Slee said: “This year’s festival is going to bigger and better than the last one.

“Not only do we have more beers, more ciders, and an extra day, we also have live music throughout the weekend.

“It’s going to be a great event and we are already seeing much more interest than in any of the two previous years.”

On Saturday, the acts performing are: Almost Midnight, Amber Climate, Inside Out, Mike Bryant and Bicycle Thieves. They will play a mixture of rock and pop covers through to funk, acoustic and dance.

This year the beer festival runs throughout the first May bank holiday, opening at 5pm on Friday, May 4, and closing at 10pm on Sunday, May 6.

It will showcase 60 real ales brewed in and around Northants, and from the Manchester area, and a selection of 30 real ciders.

The festival has also become famous for its Ghurka curry, served every year under the watchful eye of Mark Austin, a former Major in the Ghurkas.

Mr Austin said: “This year, we have five ex-soldiers who will be preparing the curry from scratch and serving it throughout the weekend in a field kitchen. It will be delicious.”

Towcester Beer Festival takes place at Towcestrians RFC in Greens Norton Road, Towcester. Entry is free.

As well live music and Ghurka curry, there will be a hog roast, BBQ, live rugby, kids entertainment and the annual tug-o-war for the Roy Wilson Cup.

Last year, more than 2,000 people flocked to the event and drunk the festival dry, downing 2,880 pints of real ale and 792 pints of real cider.

Further details and opening times are on the Beer Festival Facebook page