Festival fun will be thirsty work for beer lovers in Leeds.

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Drinkers in the heart of Leeds studentland will be raising a glass later this month at one of the city’s tastiest events.

The LS6 Beer Fest will be held this year on the weekend of May 24 and 25, it was announced today.

Taking place for the fourth time, it will be staged in the impressive surroundings of the Left Bank Leeds arts and events venue on Cardigan Road in Hyde Park.

It will feature up to 40 real ales as well as a packed programme of music and entertainment. Street food traders will also be on hand to make sure the revellers don’t go hungry.

Founding festival organiser Rachel Jeffcoat said: “This year will be the biggest LS6 Beer Fest yet with more beer and more entertainment.

“We might not have the longest beer list of all the festivals around West Yorkshire but we do pride ourselves on creating a cracking festival atmosphere with friendly folk, quality entertainment and good grub.

“People come back year after year – we’ve even found out that there’s a couple returning this year to celebrate their one year anniversary after meeting on the sun-soaked lawn last year.

“It’s a real fixture in the LS6 calendar now, and it’s the community feel that makes it so special.

“The venue itself is incredible too. It’s a stunning space, and we love that the beer festival brings more people into it.” Tickets for the festival cost £6 for a day or evening session.

The price includes the purchaser’s first drink, a festival programme and a souvenir glass.

For further information, visit the www.ls6beerfest.wordpress.com website. Organisers say swift purchases are recommended as the event sells out each year.

Left Bank Leeds is a Grade II listed building and the former St Margaret of Antioch Church. The building had fallen into disrepair but was renovated by volunteers before the launch of its events programme in 2009.

Proceeds from the beer festival will be used for the upkeep of the venue as well as community arts projects.

Left Bank employee Aaron Christie said: “The LS6 Beer Fest is great fun. If we can make a profit it helps us develop our programme and improve our facilities so that we can put on more and better events.”

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