Family festival of Somerset food, drink and music

PUBLISHED: 09:55 16 June 2013

Beer By The Pier

Beer By The Pier

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A MAJOR new beer festival, showcasing local drinks, food and music, is being planned for Weston this summer.

The town’s Winter Gardens will host a four-day extravaganza of Somerset ales, wines, ciders and food from August 15-18.

The family-friendly Beer By The Pier, as it has been dubbed, promises to bring hundreds of real ale enthusiasts to the town and provide a platform for a number of Somerset producers to showcase their wares.

Chief among them will be Hewish-based RCH Brewery, who will be bringing around half of the 40 beers on offer.

A trio of cider firms – Sandford-based Thatchers, Highbridge’s Richs, and Crossman’s from Hewish – will also be bringing some of their award-winning tipples.

Alongside all this will be a fabulous array of locally-sourced food, plus more than a dozen top-notch local bands and singers delivering a wide variety of musical performances.

They will be battling it out to win a top prize of £300 in a Mercury-backed battle of the bands competition.

The festival is the brainchild of Winter Gardens manager Alan Waistell, who has run 24 such festivals across the South West in the past nine years, and is now bringing his expertise to Weston for the first time.

He said: “We want to put on a beer festival in a beautiful building and give people the chance to appreciate lots of fine local ales and wines.

“We are buying in 20 ales from Somerset, plus another 20 from further afield.

“And we also want to make it about local produce. All the foods will be from Somerset, the wines will be English.

“It’s about showing off all the great food and drink we have on our doorstep.”

Access to the Winter Gardens will be free to encourage families to attend and enjoy the atmosphere, while entry to the festival bar area costs just £3 – including a branded souvenir half-pint tankard.

Once inside, drinks can be sampled for just £1.50 per half, so ale connoisseurs will be able to enjoy a host of new brews.

More information about the festival can be found at by clicking on the link at the top right-hand side of this page, while full details on the battle of the bands competition will be published in next week’s Mercury.

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