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Lostwithiel Beer Festival 2009

Saturday 21st March 2009

The 6th Lostwithiel Charity Beer Festival was held in the Lostwithiel Community Centre on Saturday 21st March 2009.

The mood of the festival is best summed up by Beer Festival Chairman, Paul (Skinny) Worden: "Nobody in their wildest dreams, back in 2004 when we planned our first one-off festival, thought that the event would become a regular town occasion.  After over £15,000 donated to charity, and over 100 barrels of real ale consumed, we are back again with our sixth offering."

The festival ran from 11:00am until 11:00pm, so there was plenty of time to sample some fine real ale.  During the day there was a traditional beer festival format with 25 beers available to try and a peaceful environment to enjoy them in.  The pace picked up at 1.15pm when the final day of the Six Nations Rugby Union Internationals was shown on a large screen television.

At 7.30pm it was time to rock the night away, starting with Jez Luton, fresh from his success at last year's Beer Festival and Carnival Street Party, singing the songs made famous by Elvis and other Sun Records singers.  Following the Memphis Flash, there was a full evening of music to dance the night away to, featuring local group Bird on the Wire.

There's no inflation in Lostwithiel!  Entrance fees were maintained at 2008 rates: £4 prior to 5.00pm and £6 thereafter.  These prices included the now much sought after commemorative pint glass.  The cost of beer was maintained at a staggering £2 per pint for yet another year!  Wine was also available at £2 a glass for those not attuned to fine ales.

It's a great day out, and remember that all profits go to local organisations and registered charities, the 2008 Festival raising £3245 for such causes.

Text by Rotary Club of Lostwithiel