Bring on the beer! Fakenham set for sixth annual beer festival

Festival organiser Glen Mallett. Picture: Chris Bishop

Festival organiser Glen Mallett. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

While some community events can struggle to attract sponsors and volunteers, the annual beer festival in Fakenham has never had problems in this regard.

Festival organiser Lisa Mallett Picture: Ian Burt

Festival organiser Lisa Mallett Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Lisa Mallett, who organises the festival with her husband Glen, said: 'Everyone wants to be a part of it.

'There can't be many events around that get quite so much support.

'The prospect of getting paid in beer definitely helps.'

The festival will be held for the sixth time this weekend, running from Friday through to Sunday, and has been renamed Fakenham Gin and Beerfest. This is due to the involvement of Fakenham's celebrated Norfolk Sloe Company, who made a welcome addition last year by holding the festival's first gin and cocktail bar.

The festival will be held at Fakenham Community Centre and features live music and a wide range of beers, including some from Norfolk companies, including The Norfolk Brewhouse, based in Hindringham.

Money will be raised for Fakenham Community Centre.

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Mrs Mallett said: 'We celebrate and support local brewers. This is an important part of the festival.'

The festival runs from Friday, from 7pm to 11pm; Saturday, from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

Bands to perform on Friday are, Fried Pirates, from 7pm to 9pm and Albion Mills from 9.15pm to 11pm.

Saturday will see performances from Picaroon and Anto Morra from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Fakenham Ukes from 3pm to 4pm, Baroness And The Bear from 5pm to 6.30pm, Wolfswood from 6.45pm to 8.45pm and Gold Standard from 9pm to 11pm.

The music programme is subject to change.

Aldiss is the festival's main sponsor and other sponsors include: Bruce Towers & Sons Ltd, Dempsey Heating, Stephenson Smart, Hempton Bell, NCS Carpets, Larking Gowen, Lawns Beds & Hedges, Wensum.net, Mary Mary Glass, CP Smith Stoves, Your Mortgage Solutions Norfolk, H Banham Ltd, Jim Baldwin Publishing Solutions, Fakenham Sun/Newprint & Design, Mike Caesari Plumbing & Property Maintenance, DJB Electrical Services, H Winthrop Poultry Services, Crisp Malting Group Ltd, Fakenham Racecourse, Drifters Fish n Chips and Bryer Brothers.

Mrs Mallett also wishes to thank PJH Sound System.

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