Beer, food and music – who doesn’t love a festival? Our diary’s full of them and people are spoilt for choice throughout summer and autumn. We’re pretty busy prepping for festivals so if this blog goes quiet you’ll know why. Here’s a round-up of our favourites – let’s see if we can persuade you to put at least one in your diary…
Nantwich Food & Drink Festival Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September http://www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk/exhibitors/
Do you know what’s great about this festival? It’s FREE and you get all this: 160+ food and drink producers and retailers, a live music stage, chef demonstrations, competitions and a minimum of four breweries attending, not to mention the numerous real-ale pubs in the town. Award-winning pub The Globe http://www.globenantwich.co.uk/ will have two of our beers on at their beer festival the weekend before and we’re certainly hoping to drop in when we’ve finished serving at the festival! We always measure how good an event is by whether we’d want to come along on our day off as punters and the answer for this one is YES. For the past three years we’ve imagined ourselves dancing to the live bands with a gourmet pie in one hand and a pint of ale in the other…alas the success of this event means we stay sober and continue to pull pints for the thirsty public! Can’t complain though really can we… 🙂
Flintshire Real Ale Trail Saturday 12th September http://www.realaletrailflintshire.co.uk/
The very popular sell-out ale trail with a bus that smoothly gets you between all the pubs on this trail around Flintshire (you won’t get stuck on a bus for 3 hours.) Beers come from a variety of north Wales breweries and NEWS JUST IN – we’ve been asked to brew a beer especially for this year’s trail. Name and taste notes TBA!
Mold Food & Drink Festival Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September http://www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk/
You might say we’re biased about this festival as it’s in our home town of Mold and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t (a little bit) in favour of this one, but we don’t think you can go wrong with another bustling town-centre event. In its tenth year, the festival manages to cater to most tastes, celebrating local Welsh produce in the food, drink and chef marquees whilst hosting a mini music festival outside that is foot-stompingly good at night. If you’re after more pints of the good stuff afterwards the newly opened Fat Boar pub offers cracking food and ale http://thefatboar.co.uk/
NEW Brewers Beer Festival Friday 25th – 26th September http://www.cwrwial.com/#!newbrewfest/cjln
Now this one is brand new, but we’re pretty excited. Because north Wales brewing is alive and kicking and like so many areas across the UK it’s progressing rapidly. And that’s what this N.E.W. (North East Wales) festival is about: bringing seven local breweries together under one roof to celebrate the diversity and quality that we’re all about. Or if you want it put simply: an opportunity for a knees-up with seven ace brewers, live music and pies. It’s going to be one hell of a weekend and we can’t wait. Check it out, tickets available online.
Other beer festivals this season:
Our beer is going out to lots of different festivals that we can’t actually be at, but are definitely worth going to – check these out if you’re in the area:
August Bank Holiday Weekend
http://www.mcgivernales.co.uk/page6.html Ruabon pub The Bridge End Inn hosts a festival of 30+ beers and ciders, with food and live music. In its 6th year, sure to be very busy.
http://www.globenantwich.co.uk/#!facilities/c66t Nantwich pub The Globe hosts a weekend of beer, music and activities for the kids (5 minutes peace whilst you have that pint might be possible…)
http://www.wherecanwego.com/event/919497-llanffest-3/events.aspx Community pub Y Pengwern hosts its 3rd annual beer festival, featuring local Welsh breweries and with live music too.
Hope to see you for a pint at one of these – cheers! Suzanne