Clitheroe Beer Festival starts on Friday

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CELEBRITY chef Paul Heathcote will officially open Clitheroe’s annual Beer Festival, at the St Mary’s Centre, in Church Street, on Friday and Saturday.

Heathcotes Grill and Bar, in York Street, is putting together beer-based dishes to celebrate the event and visitors can sample food related to their favourite drink.

The Beer Festival, run in conjunction with the East Lancs branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, will open from noon to 11 p.m. on both days. Admission is £1 before 6 p.m. and £2 after, but free to CAMRA members and NUS cardholders.

This year’s festival will celebrate CAMRA’s 40th anniversary, so many of the beers will be from breweries in production in 1971, such as Thwaites, Fullers, Hook Norton and Joseph Holt.

There will be plenty of beer from local breweries, including the award-winning Bowland Brewery, as well as beers from further afield, fine examples of cider and perry, and free soft drinks for drivers.

Refreshments including pie and peas and hot dogs will be available throughout both days, and bands have been booked for both evenings.

On Friday, Compared to What? will play, while Saturday sees The Witnesses back by popular demand. Both gigs will start at 7-30 p.m.

For more information on the Clitheroe Beer Festival, visit www.clitheroecentre.co.uk or www.eastlancscamra.org.uk.