Dust off your best sixties outfit - The Western Park Beer Festival is back and this time with flower power! The 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love will be the theme for this year's summer shindig on September 15-16 at St Anne's Hall on Letchworth Road.
Over the weekend there'll be a huge variety of beers to try, as well as gin, prosecco and wine. There will also be sixties sounds, live music, face-painting, a bouncy castle, fresh pizzas, cheese cobs and those delicious vegetable samosas. And did I mention the beer? There's 16 casks and six kegs of the stuff.
The two main sponsors for the charity event are Everards and Brewklopedia on Welford Road, and money raised will go towards local hospice LOROS.
Matt Pearce, chairman of the Western Park Beer Festival committee, said 'Last year we managed to raise thousands of pounds through our events during the year. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and the Western Park crowd, we're hoping we can do even better this year for LOROS.'
Sponsors of the beer festival are being treated to a special tasting session led by Matt Baker from main sponsor Brewklopedia, ahead of the festival opening at 5.30pm on Friday, September 15th.
Adrian Walker, LOROS's fundraising manager, said 'For us, the beer festival is not just about raising money, it's also about helping us raise awareness of our work. Most people know what we do, but we can?t be complacent, particularly for the younger generation, we want to make them aware of what LOROS is all about.'
For those joining us on Saturday night, it will be free entry if you are dressed up like it's 1967, otherwise it's £5 entry, including your very own souvenir glass.
Children are welcome at the family session between midday and 5pm on Saturday, September 16th. Both evening sessions finish at midnight.
Among the nationwide breweries involved, there are plenty of Leicestershire representatives, including Charnwood, Dowbridge, Everards, Framework, Langton, Market Harborough, Tres Bien and West End Brewery.