Raise a glass at Leeds beer festival and support charities

North Leeds Charity Beer Festival organiser Sam Parker.
North Leeds Charity Beer Festival organiser Sam Parker.
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Something’s brewing in Leeds this weekend as a popular annual beer festival returns once more.

The North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which is now in its third year, will feature a whole variety of beers supplied from 11 Leeds breweries.

The Tour de France-themed event will also showcase 17 offerings that have been brewed especially for this year’s Grand Depart.

The festival, which will be held at St Aidan’s Church Hall at Roundhay Road, Harehills, has been organised by British Guild of Beer Writers member Sam Parker and Roundhay Rotary Club.

Money raised will go to various local causes, including Leeds Offers Fun For The Young (LOFFTY), Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and The Sylvia Wright Trust.

Derek Davidson, secretary of Roundhay Rotary Club, said: “We are raising money for the community.

“We have got bands on and beers that are being promoted here before they go into bars locally for the Tour de France event.

“There will also be a live broadcast between 12pm and 2pm on Saturday [today] from the church on Radio Leeds as well.”

Organisers are expecting hundreds of people to attend the popular event during its two-day stint.

The festival kicked off last night with special musical performances from a local three-piece band called Blind Dead McJones.

Speaking about the event, Mr Davidson added: “The atmosphere is electric.

“Everybody enjoys themselves, there is no trouble and everyone just seems to have a great time.

“We had nearly 500 people attend the festival last year.

“So we are expecting between 750 and 1,000 people through the doors this year.”

Also on offer will be a selection of Yorkshire ciders, English country wines and bottled beers, which will be supplied by specialist beer and cider store Bier Huis, which is based in Ossett, Wakefield.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray, will officially open the festival today at 12pm.

Local bluesman Chris Martin, ex-Blueskins frontman Ryan Spendlove and Leeds musician Serious Sam Barrett will also be stepping on stage to entertain the crowds.

Locally produced food will also be on offer throughout the weekend, including pork pies from award-winning Wilson’s of Crossgates.

How to get involved

The North Leeds Charity Beer Festival will be held at at St Aidan’s Church Hall at Roundhay Road.

It will run until around 11pm tonight.

Festival entry costs £2 but there will be free entry for CAMRA and SPBW members on production of a valid membership card.

A festival pack costs £5 and includes a commemorative beer glass, a programme and two tokens.

Additional tokens will be available to buy for £1.50.

For more about the festival, visit the website at www.northleedscharity-beerfestival.co.uk.

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