Yeovil Beer Festival organisers want event to leave lasting legacy
The organisers of next month’s Yeovil Beer Festival are hoping that the event will have a lasting legacy.
Yeovil Round Table, the Lions Club of Yeovil and staff and students at Yeovil College are hosting the rejuvenated event to raise money for local causes.
The community festival, to be held at the college on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, features 50 real ales and local ciders on offer.
Hot food will be served by the college’s catering students, while six local bands will provide live music.
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Yeovil Round Table members Russell Lee and Rob Sherwood, also managing director of Yeovil Ales brewery, hope this year’s event will cement the festival place as an annual event in the town.
And thanks to the efforts of various organisations around the town and sponsors, people going to the festival will help good causes with every sip of beer they try during the event.
Mr Lee said: “Yeovil used to have a small beer festival ten years ago and it was always our intention to relaunch it.
“Now, having a brewer as a member of Round Table, we thought this year was an ideal time to get it off the ground.
“We don’t see this festival as a one-off event – we have always wanted to run an annual community beer festival to raise money for local good causes. We want to create a long-lasting legacy for the event.”
Money raised from the festival will be split between the Round Table and Lions Club’s chosen beneficiaries – as well as the Yeovil College Bursary Foundation.
The foundation was set up to support hard-working students, who for a variety of reasons would find it hard to stay at college and complete their studies without financial support.
Mr Lee believes the festival could not only raise a lot of money for youngsters in need but also provide a valuable educational experience for students.
He said: “When we approached Yeovil College to host the festival they welcomed us with open arms.
“We’ve got the experience of organising an event like this, and they were keen to look at ways to utilise the college’s fantastic facilities outside of normal hours for the local community.
“There are so many benefits of getting the students on board – the music department is keen to work on the staging and lighting, the catering department will provide the food, and students are using this in their event management module.
“They will learn life skills. It is something completely different. The college has been involved in the festival organisation from the very outset, with the design department coming up with concepts for the logo.”
Yeovil Round Table has worked closely with the Lions Club of Yeovil to produce the town’s successful fireworks display for the last three years. Now both groups hope this further collaboration will add another major fundraiser to Yeovil’s calendar of events.
Mr Sherwood said: “This could potentially raise a lot of money every year for local causes.
“All of the costs are covered by sponsorship, so money from every pint sold goes directly to the community.
“Who knows how big this could become?”
Among the beers on offer during the festival will be a selection from Somerset and Dorset brewers including Yeovil Ales, Hall and Woodhouse, Stocklinch Ales, Glastonbury Ales and Cheddar Ales.
To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.yeovilbeerfest.com.