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Alnwick Food Festival 2014
Alnwick Food Festival 2014

Cheers! Another Alnwick Beer Festival has been given the thumbs-up after thousands was raised for charity and hundreds enjoyed supping brews throughout the weekend.

Taking place in the Town Hall, the eighth event of its kind, organised by Alnwick and District Round Table, saw beers from across England and Scotland on offer.

Alnwick Food Festival 2014'Alnwick Round Table members organised the beer festival.

Alnwick Food Festival 2014'Alnwick Round Table members organised the beer festival.

It is the Table’s main fund-raiser of the year, with all the profits going back into the community via local charities.

And this year’s event raised a staggering £6,000, to the delight of the organisers.

Adam Lambert, beer festival chairman, said: “We are ecstatic with the amount that we have raised.

“The beer festival is a great community event, everyone seemed to have a really good time, and while we didn’t sell out of beer, we raised a massive amount that will go into local charities and make a difference.

“We are always looking for charities and groups that we can donate to and would be really interested to hear from any that would like to be considered.

“We put a lot of hard work and effort into the beer festival and it is all done by volunteers who give up their time for the weekend. We had a great time and all being well, it’ll be the same time and same place again next year.”

This year’s theme was based on the Scottish referendum which took place before the three-day festival started.

Nick Lewis, Round Table chairman, said: “We have always prided ourselves on putting together an exciting mix of ales and even though the Scottish independence referendum had been held by the time the festival started, we really couldn’t miss the opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful ales being produced.”

Most of the beer festivals have been run alongside the Alnwick Food Festival.

Any charity or group who would like the chance to apply for donations should write to Alnwick and District Round Table, c/o The Oaks Hotel, South Road, Alnwick, NE66 2PN.

The next big event from thevoluntary organisation will be the firework display at Alnwick Rugby Club on Saturday, November 8.