Lovers of beer, cider and fine wines will find something to appeal to every taste at Upton Noble’s eagerly awaited inaugural beer festival, held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September in this hidden gem of a village just a stone’s throw from Bruton.
The event will offer beer connoisseurs a whole array of styles, from the lightest golden ales through to dark, flavoursome porters. Beers are being sourced countrywide, from nearby Westcombe to Alloa in Clackmannanshire.
The ciders, all from Somerset, are some of the best the county has to offer, while for lovers of fine wines there will be a selection of easy-drinking summer-style whites as well as smooth, fruity reds, with interesting variations such as Argentinian Torrontes and maybe the odd heavy-hitting Malbec or Shiraz.
JOE JAMES AND THE ENRICHMENTS ENTERTAIN AT UPTON NOBLE BEER FESTIVAL (see alterations detailed above)
POPULAR West Country vocalist Joe James and his band The Enrichments will be providing the entertainment during Friday’s ‘pub night’. Joe and his bandmates, Elton Buckland-Emery, Joe Emsley and Jack Opie, have already played at Glastonbury Festival, Farm Fest, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, The Rock Lobster and Babington House, as well as countless weddings and parties.
While Friday’s beer tasting evening is for over 18s only, Saturday’s family day will see Kid Calico & The Astral Ponies headlining on the big stage, with live music also provided by Back Before Breakfast, Kingdom of Kush, Skelad (ceilidh), Animal Krackers and The Olde Boston Tea Party. Between the live entertainment, DJs Steve Bedlam, Bobby the Persuader and Iona will keep festival goers entertained.
For beer, cider and wine lovers the committee has sourced 20-plus beers both locally and from further afield. One donation, from The Three Horseshoes Pub in Batcombe, is Cwtch Welsh Red Ale, which won the Tiny Rebel brewery team in Newport and the Best Beer in Britain accolade at the recent Great British Beer Festival. Artisan ciders come from stunning Somerset, while lovers of fine wines will find selections of reds, including Pinot Noir and Rioja, and whites including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Food will be provided throughout the day by Upton Nibbles, a band of renowned cooks from the village, with dishes catering for all tastes, including specialist diets. Pies and cheese platters will be provided on Friday night.
Children’s entertainment during Saturday will include a bouncy castle and cinema, plus a not to be missed Junior Bakeoff competition with prizes for all.
Upton Noble Beer Festival Chairman Dan Hurring says: ‘Our new event is going to be pretty special, not only in terms of its beer, cider and fine wines, but we are also proud of our music line-up and the food we are offering. We have some wonderful sponsors and have been bowled over by the generosity of local companies. Our festival will be a great showcase for Upton Noble and we hope in the process that we will raise plenty of money for local good causes. I really recommend that people book early so that they don’t miss out.’
Buy now to enjoy an advance online discount. But our great value-for-money tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay – purchase today on www.unfestival.co.uk.
For information please contact Julie Harding
Mobile: 07827 884 676
Office: 01749 850 331