Two-day beer festival is back for 13th year

The Hawthorne Theatrical Group from Old Dalby enjoying the atmosphere

The Hawthorne Theatrical Group from Old Dalby enjoying the atmosphere

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The 13th annual Melton Mowbray Beer Festival returns next Friday and Saturday (September 18 and 19) for another feast of ale and entertainment.

The festival, run jointly by Melton branch of CAMRA (The Campaign For Real Ale) and Melton Mowbray Market, will be held at the Cattle Market from 11am to midnight both days.

This year the festival boasts nearly 60 real ales and around 25 ciders with a mixture of local breweries and ones from further afield supplying the beverages.

Nearly half the beers are from the North East and Northumberland, giving drinkers a chance to try ales they would not normally see in this area. Also, local brewers will beproducing one-off festival specials which will appeal to beer connoisseurs.

For the third year running, the festival is proud to host the judging for the Champion Beer of Britain (East Midlands) Award. This time it is the mild ales under the spotlight and after the judging - before the Friday morning session - all ales will be available to try.

Live music comes from Project Blue and The Worx on Saturday, and We Tried Kylie and the last ever performance of The Platforms on Friday.

Friday will also have a giant screen which will show the opening game of the Rugby World Cup between England and Fiji.

Admission is £1 before 6pm and £5 after and CAMRA members have free entry before 6pm and £2 after.

An surprise celebrity officially opens the festival which begins next Thursday evening with a trade event.

Those who wish to sponsor a barrel at the festival should contact Debbie Ross at the Melton Messenger.

For details visit www.meltonmowbraybeerfestival.co.uk