Beer festival hailed another huge success

Organisers have hailed this year’s Kilham Beer Festival as one of the biggest and best yet.

More than 1,000 people flocked to the East Yorkshire village over the weekend to sample the tastes and sounds of the annual festival.

The event, now in its 4th year, attracts families and real ale lovers alike, and helps to raise valuable funds for the Kilham Playing Field Association.
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One of the founders and organisers of the event Daffyd Baker said the event had been a huge success. “We had 34 different beers and 25 ciders this year, including local beers from the Great Newsome Brewery in South Frodingham and a new cider brewed here in Kilham from Colmans Cider Company.

Kilham Beer Festival 2015
Kilham Beer Festival 2015

“This proved so popular that the company was bottling more cider on the Saturday to keep up with demand!”

Daffyd estimates that around 4,000 pints of beer and 1,500 pints of cider were consumed over the weekend.

He added: “The atmosphere was really fantastic. We had lots of families as always and people even came from as far afield as Oxford and Sheffield. This year we had a bar which was staffed by representatives from Great Newsome Brewery and Colmans Cider Company, which was great for people who wanted to find out more about the beers and ciders.”

Kilham Beer Festival 2015
Kilham Beer Festival 2015

Live music was played all weekend with local bands such as Big Me, Sleeping Secrets and The Shamrock Experience entertaining the crowds.

Daffyd said: “I think the big appeal is this is a festival in a field and there is such a friendly atmosphere all weekend.

“It was great to see so many families here and to see the children up dancing to the music. We also had lots of campers this year.”

So far the beer festivals have raised more than £20,000 for the Kilham Playing Field Association.

This has helped pay for new tennis courts and a play area for the village and it is hoped money raised from this year’s festival will fund the completion of a multi-function court, providing tennis, 5-aside football and basketball all year round.

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