Prestwich Beer Festival returns for its second year

Prestwich Beer Festival returns for its second year

Prestwich Beer Festival is back for its second year at the Longfield Suite from 26th to 28th March, showcasing over 90 beers, 8 live acts and home-made food to suit all tastes and palates.

Over 1,400 visitors attended last year’s inaugural festival and the organisers are confident that this year’s line-up will bring the community together again, satisfying the tastes of even the most discerning beer and music buffs.

Siobhan Teader said, “Last year’s launch proved we can successfully shake off the ‘old-man’ image of beer festivals and do it the Prestwich way. For us, that’s an affordable community event with tasty food, quality live music and exceptional beers, ciders and wine.”

The festival is supported by Prestwich-based international beer tour operator, Beer Junkets who have a passion for introducing local communities to local breweries offering exceptional ales and beers. Last year they donated over £2,000 to two local charities and this year, they are raising funds for project charity, Forever Manchester . Paul Knight, Beer Junkets Director said, “We love beer, we love festivals and we love Prestwich – 3 of our favourite things combined into one event!”.

Over the three days, each event is framed by the specially selected beers and ales from local brewers including Brightside Brewery, Seven bro7hers, Outstanding Brewery, Wilson Potter and newcomers Beer Spotters - backed by Happy Mondays’ Bez.

The launch night on Thursday gives punters the opportunity to taste new taps and meet the makers of the ales in ‘Meet the Brewer’ and the night rounds off with some beer-belly laughs from Edinburgh Fringe and Comedy Store favourite, Rob Rouse - just back from his Comedy Network tour in the Netherlands.

Friday is set to be a toe-tapper with events sponsored by Jennie Platt Estate Agents. Prestwich 8-piece The Flatcappers , will be getting the floorboards shaking with bracing Irish Celtic rhythms. Next up, with crowd-pleasing indie covers are Middleton’s finest, The Middletones . – and to finish the night, local indie-outfit The Marivaux will take to the stage following their recent stand-out set at Terry Christian’s Mad Manc Cabaret.

Saturday’s events are sponsored by Prestwich bar, Cuckoo and start in the afternoon with bold, brassy sounds from Manchester’s family-friendly oompah band, the Brasswurst Bavarian Beer Band - with free soft drinks for under-18s. In the evening, Manchester band Multiplier will showcase preview tracks from their debut EP, ‘Choice’ ahead of launch later this month.

The festival finale finds XFM’s legendary breakfast DJ, Tim Cocker behind the decks for an extra special Bop Local night of retro and old-school indie classics, with a backdrop of speciality beers.

Hot and cold food from local independent traders is available throughout the festival, including authentic New York fare from Back’s Delicatessen, superior sausages from Gourmet Hot Dogs and Eastern-fusion pastries from ever-popular, The Real Thai-Pie Company.

Siobhan is keen to keep the festival inclusive and affordable, saying: “We’re proud to say that there’s no beer snobbery here. Prestwich Beer Festival is here to stay and it’s for everyone who wants to have a great time in a safe and happy space.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door or on the EventBrite website via www.prestwichbeerfestival.co.uk

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