Beer fans set to flock in droves to sell-out fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple are ex­pected at this week­end’s Macclesfield beer fes­ti­val.

Or­gan­is­ers say they are ex­pect­ing a sell­out event and that nearly all of the 3,000 tick­ets have gone.

Ben White­ley, of Macclesfield Round Ta­ble, said: “The 21st Macclesfield Beer Fes­ti­val is set to be a great event and we’ve had a fan­tas­tic de­mand for tick­ets.

“We’re ex­pect­ing the event to sell out, so we’d en­cour­age vis­i­tors to book their tick­ets sooner rather than later to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

“I’d like to thank all of our spon­sors for sup­port­ing the event.

“I also want to say a big thank you to all of our vol­un­teers who will be giv­ing up their time this week to set up the huge bar and look af­ter more than 250 beers, per­ries and ciders, as well as the team who vol­un­teer to serve be­hind the bar and help with the many other sup­port roles needed to make the event hap­pen.”

Money raised will fund a chil­dren’s be­reave­ment cen­tre to be de­vel­oped by East Cheshire Hospice, the first char­ity to ben­e­fit from the fes­ti­val’s spon­sor­ship when it be­gan 21 years ago.

The cen­tre will pro­vide sup­port to young peo­ple who have lost a par­ent or loved one to can­cer.

Fes­ti­val vis­i­tors will be able to sam­ple a wide range of beers, ales, ciders and per­ries from across the UK and a se­lec­tion of ex­pertly cho­sen wines.

Evening ses­sions will in­clude live mu­sic from lo­cal bands Monkey Har­ris and The Big Jam, with Satur­day day­time fea­tur­ing lo­cal singers Charli White, He­len Wal­ford and Joe Barker.

There will also be fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a tombola, raf­fle, bar skit­tles and bal­loon sculp­tures.

If all that beer makes you hun­gry, you can tuck into wood fired piz­zas and a hog roast as well as sand­wiches and pies.

Al’s BBQ Shack will also be there dur­ing the Satur­day day­time and evening ses­sions.

The fes­ti­val takes place at Macclesfield Rugby Club and is open to the public from 7pm to mid­night on Fri­day, May 8 and Satur­day, May 9 as well as Satur­day day­time from mid­day to 3.30pm.

Tick­ets are £10 for each evening, avail­able from the Macclesfield Beer Fes­ti­val web­site mac­cles­field­beer­fes­ti­ and in­clude a 21st an­niver­sary glass.

The Satur­day day­time ses­sion is free.

Busi­nesses or in­di­vid­u­als who wish to sup­port the event should con­tact Micky Jones at michael@ pr­jones­jew­

●● Joe Barker will be among the per­form­ers

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