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All Hail to the Ale!
03-10-2017

The team of volunteers from the Western Park Beer Festival recently brought the brothers and sisters of Western Park and surrounding areas together for the annual charity beer festival, with a summer of love theme.

From 15th to 16th September, St Anne's community church hall was decked out with wrapped trees, rainbow flags, groovy peace signs and colourful drapes, providing a lovely, groovy atmosphere for the weekend. The festival organisers also arranged for part of Letchworth Road to be closed, allowing the family session to safely spill out into the road and to accommodate Leicester Wheels for All, who joined festivities for the first time this year.

WP-Beer-Fest-1716 firkins and 12 kegs of beer - a whopping 2208 pints - were consumed over the weekend, along with much cider, bottles and bottles of prosecco, and the odd G&T. Oh, and it was a record year for samosas with over 600 samosas eaten this year - brothers and sisters of the hood, not only were you thirsty but you were hungry too!

Along with Everard's, the festival welcomed first time main sponsor Brewklopedia to the festival, and Matt Baker (Manager of the Brewklopedia bottle shop) led tasting for sponsors on the Friday evening. The Brewklopedia team also provided a bottle shop for those wanting to take more than just a souvenir glass home afterwards.

Matt Pearce, Festival Chairman said: 'A huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors, to the volunteers, and to all of you for supporting this event, and through it LOROS.

'We are really excited about sharing the final numbers with the community in the coming weeks and are delighted that it looks to be a record-breaking year for the festival'.

The committee are busy counting the pennies and reflecting on a really enjoyable festival, and would also love to hear your feedback as they start to contemplate doing it all again in 2018. If you'd like to provide any feedback you can find the short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RYGDGKK                                   

 Lucy Eddows

Click HERE for the Beer Festival Photo strip.

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