CHEERS! – Lytham St Annes Express
Published on Wednesday 16 September 2009 12:54
This year the 3-day festival will start on Thursday September 17 and will run through until Saturday 19.
Once again it is a joint venture between the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Fylde Borough Council.
Around a hundred real ales will be on offer.
One beer, named Progress, is being specially brewed for the festival by Taps landlord Ian Rigg, in conjunction with Staffordshire’s Shugborough Brewery.
As well as the Thursday night session, another first for this year’s festival is the introduction of live music.
On Saturday evening a band called Undercover Acoustic will be taking to the stage, performing an unplugged set of well known rock numbers.
As well as home-grown ale, there will be a World Beers bar.
This year, for the first time in any UK beer festival, the bar will feature ale from Mongolia, as well as the more traditional Belgian, German and Czech beers.
There will also be 16 ciders and perries, including a contribution from Lancashire’s only cider farm.
Festival Chairman Paul Smith said: “The demand for real ale on the Fylde Coast is growing year on year and therefore the festival has to get bigger each year with more choice.
“This year is going to be our biggest and best so far with beer sourced from all over the country as well local Fylde brewers.
“We also have a large selection of ciders and bottle beers from around the globe and we will be going out with a bang on our party night with a live band Undercover Acoustic on Saturday evening”.
The Festival will be open from 7pm till 11pm on Thursday, 12noon till 11pm on Friday and 12 noon till 10.30pm on Saturday.
Admission costs 2 on the Thursday evening, and 3 on Friday and Saturday.
There will be a festival programme and the opportunity to take away a souvenir festival glass as a treasured memento of what promises to be a great weekend.