Festival creates a Christmassy feel

The queue for beer and ale was non stop through the day
The queue for beer and ale was non stop through the day

Saturday saw a surge of serious suppers flock to Haddenham’s second real ale festival of the year.

More than 800 people turned up to taste the beer and revel in the festive atmosphere.

There were 14 stalls, a jazz band and carols, food and mulled wine in the village hall, which helped to create a real Christmas spirit, while the beer hall, serving a wide range of real ales, ciders, lager and world bottled beers, proved to be such a success that there was less than a barrel of beer left at the end of the day.

The organisers, Haddenham Real Ale, hold two events each year in aid of charity.

Haddenham villagers Nicholas Moore said: “I’ve been to every one for the past three years and it’s always a great even and very well supported.

“It’s a very social event which allows you to meet new people and chat to old friends and neighbours.”

He says the winter event has a more intimate atmosphere which makes it really attractive.

He told the Gazette: “Everything is smaller – the number of beers available, the number of people that attend, but this just makes it cosier and more Christmassy, particularly with the help of mulled wine.

“Both events are great and something I try not to miss each year.”

Proceeds raised from the event are donated to local causes.

Organiser Jim Robinson said: “We were delighted with the day and have received very positive feedback from many of the people who attended.

“Particular thanks to our sponsors and all those helpers who gave up time before, during and after the event to make it such a success.”

If you’re looking to make a date in your diary, the next Haddenham Real Ale Festival will be on Saturday, July 2 at a venue to be confirmed.