The 19th Wedmore Real Ale Festival

Unlike previous festivals, this year’s festival was held in a field and thankfully the sun shone down on us as everyone enjoyed the bigger, more social, open space.

This year, we had our biggest selection of drinks, consisting of 72 different ales, 23 ciders and 6 craft ales, giving a total weight of 5 tonnes. During the weekend, over 5,000 pints and over 200 bottles of wine and prosecco were drunk, Friday was our most successful Friday yet and Saturday and Sunday were not far behind our record-breaking years.

There was a great music line-up again this year with the Straytones kicking us off on Friday night to a record-breaking crowd of festival goes. Saturday’s music started from lunchtime, with hours of live local music, followed by surf-rock band the Mantawrays and then this year’s headliners Zuma, who went down a storm.

Saturday’s night fancy dress theme was the 80’s, so our resident DJ Enhance, filled his entire set with classic 80’s hits to ensure everyone got up to dance.

This year’s Sunday raffle made over £1,712 with the top prize being a trolley of 100 bottles of beer donated by Cheddar Ales. The auction alone made over £3,669 which includes another record-breaking £1,640 raised for the festival’s finale, the ‘Beer Bucket Challenge’. This saw the following local participants getting doused in a lovely blend of dark and light ale by those who clearly cared:

Participants                     

Ian Monson
Mark Darley
Rob Bennett
Andrew Scott
Andy Reeson
Steph Patch
Lesley Williams
Sharon Tucker
Elaine Tilling
Tabitha Morton
Touchelle Smyth

Many thanks to all of our brilliant sponsors, prize donators and volunteers for their continued support and for working hard to help us make the 2019 festival the best yet!

Applications for funding from this year’s festival has now closed. The presentation night will be held at The Swan in Wedmore on Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm.

Dates for your diaries: next year’s festival will be running from 18th – 20th September 2020.

We will keep you posted with next year’s festival news, so please like our Facebook page @wedmorerealalefestival, follow us on twitter @WedmoreRealAle.

 

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