2017 Festival Review

The 17th Wedmore Real Ale Festival

What an epic Wedmore Real Ale Festival! During the weekend, over 5,000 pints and 179 bottles of wine and prosecco were
drunk, with both Saturday and Sunday being our busiest yet despite the rain! This will hopefully help us to match or go
beyond last year’s amazing total of £17,000 donated to local worthy causes.

There was a great music line-up again this year with Paul Dockerty starting proceedings early Friday evening, while Bad Edukation nailed Friday night’s headline slot. Saturday’s music started from lunchtime, with hours of live local music performed in front of a packed crowd of festival-goers. Saturday evening’s music was the ever-popular Kick The Cat who as always provided a fantastic performance. DJ Enhance finished the musical line-up for both evenings with a great collection of popular hits to get the dance floor pumping.

This year’s Sunday raffle made over £1,500 with the top prize being a trolley of 100 bottles of beer donated by Butcombe
Brewery. The auction alone made over £4,200 which includes a record and whopping £1,060 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:

Safi Thomas
Tim Moreman
Hazel Anstey
Kevin Jones
Gill Adams
Ian Scott
Lisa Hall
Jeff Richards
Ellen Culliford
Matt Denham
Nikki Maguire
Bert Banwell

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 2017 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 14 th October.

Dates for your diaries: next year’s festival will be running from 14 th – 16 th September 2018. We will keep you posted on its
developments via our Facebook group.

To keep up to date with the all festival news please like our Facebook page @wedmorerealalefestival, follow us on twitter
@WedmoreRealAle or go to our website www.wedmorerealale.com

We look forward to seeing you all again next September!