Famous North West Beer festival Bent N Bongs is set to celebrate a silver milestone as it turns 25 next week. The community festival, now famous around the whole area is organized by the Bent & Bongs Charitable Trust, in association with CAMRA. It will be held at the same venue since it’s inception in 1989, in Formby Hall from Thursday 30th January – Saturday 1st February.
Organisers say that last year the thousands of visitors – with many locked out during house full sessions – supped their way through a whopping 8,250 pints of real ale, 3,130 pints of lager, 1,670 bottles of lager and 1,400 pints of Cider, raising a 20,000-plus for good causes.
This brings the total, since the first barrels were tapped in 1989, to a huge total of £370,000 for charity.
This year the main beneficiary is the Atherton and Leigh Foodbank, which provides food on a short term basis for struggling families, although other local charities and worthy causes will also be supported.
David Hughes, food bank secretary, said:
“We are here for people who have nothing to back them up and are left without food. “In the 12 months since we opened we have helped to feed 1,000 adults and 500 children and this event will help us feed more as every penny will go towards buying food and toiletries especially with Christmas imminent.”
The festival will be officially opened by Lancashire celebrity and BBC Radio Manchester presenter Allan Beswick.
As it’s a special milestone for the festival, there will be a selection of beers and breweries specially chosen because of their silver theme. Festival organisers Bent & Bongs Charitable Trust in association with real ale guardians CAMRA announce this year over 80 real ales will be available for sampling over the weekend. On top of that there’ll be a dozen different ciders and a large selection of draught plus bottled beers to try, along with traditional lancashire grub.
Further insight into the breweries and beers available on the night range from 4Ts Brewery, based in Runcorn are supplying dark and light beer in the shape of a medieval battle – the Silver Knight and his brother the Evil Dark Knight will battle it out to see which the best is – Will good triumph over evil?
The new Leigh brewery which is just a couple of miles from the festival, Urban Hop, will be showcasing their Golden Jack there as well as Privateers Raspberry Wheat Beer – Bonaventure.
The World Beer Bar will be returning to the festival, bringing their usual favorites with an added bonus of squeezing in, wait for it – a green coloured beer, this is expected to be high demand and could sell out fast if past years are anything to go by.
We can confirm long time favourites “Moonshine” and “Woodthorpe Hall Rubie Suzie” are present as ever on the Jolly Cider Bar.
For further information on the beer and cider list you can visit the official website, or follow them on social networks Twitter and Facebook for updates closer to the event.
ENTERTAINMENT & OPENING TIMES
Thursday 30th January 6-11pm – Juke Box Heroes will be playing a Beatles themed live music set – £5 entrance. £1 off is available to anyone in Beatles fancy dress.
Friday 31st January 4-11pm – Due to what has been described in recent years as ‘monumental queues’, the festival is open at the earlier time of 4pm. Live music entertainment is supplied by Run Out the Guns, £7 entrance. ***The Friday session has a reputation of selling out early and the organisers advise arriving early to avoid disappointment.***
Saturday 1st February has an afternoon and an evening session.
12-4pm with music supplied by festival favorites Cracked Flag
7-11pm Juke Box Heroes will be performing to close the festival.
Admission for a session on Saturday is £6.
We’ll be covering this compelling and great spirited festival, and on behalf of everyone at Food Blogs UK here’s to another 25 years!