Time to drink up at annual beer festival
BEER lovers are guaranteed a wh-ale of a time this weekend.
The Peterborough Rugby Club Beer Festival kicked off yesterday at Fortress Fengate, in Second Drove, Fengate, with 50 real ales and two different ciders waiting to be tasted.
Organisers are hoping more than a thousand drinkers will make their way down despite the inclement weather for beer, food and entertainment.
Nigel Cook, general manager, said: “We hope the weather doesn’t put anybody off. There’s no need for wellies at our festival, most of it is inside and there is hard flooring.
“The reason we started it was because the main Peterborough Beer Festival started here but moved on.
“We decided to start one up, back where it all began but obviously a bit smaller.
“It is quite a big source of income to help cover the cost of maintaining the pitches during summer when we’re not playing.”
The festival kicked off at 4pm yesterday and ran until about midnight last night.
About 400 people were expected through the doors last night to make the most of the drinks on offer and also enjoy the barbecue and band Easyersaid.
There is rugby on throughout the weekend including the Veteran 10s Competition, while on Sunday most of the club will be turning out to
As well as the beers and food, this evening band Hooker will be playing.
About 500 or 600 people are hoped to turn up today when it opens from noon - with a further 500 expected on Sunday.
Peterborough Rugby Club hopes to make about £6,000 to £8,000 at this weekend festival which is its seventh annual event.
For more information, visit www. pitchero.com/clubs/peterborough or call 01733 569413.
Roll out the barrel: Phil Dunn, Shaun Throne and Jennifer Sothmann preparing for the festival.
Picture ALAN STORER