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Barnstaple gears up for North Devon Beer Festival in Pannier Market

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

CHEERS from the North Devon Beer Festival.

CHEERS from the North Devon Beer Festival.

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THE North Devon Beer Festival returns to Barnstaple Pannier Market this weekend.

The festival gets under way from 12pm on Sunday and Monday and will see a host of Devon brewers peddling their beers and ciders to thirsty punters.

And after the festival enjoyed its biggest ever turnout last year, when it took place over three days thanks to the extra bank holiday for the royal wedding, organiser Tim Webster has promised it will be just as big again.

And part of the reason for that is the wider than ever selection of ready to eat foodie treats on offer to satisfy the hunger of beer drinkers.

A hog roast, curries from the Gurkha Nepalese restaurant, exotic meats from the Wild and Natural Game company and a range of snacks pasties and paninis will all be on offer.

And organiser Tim Webster is hopeful that will help draw in the crowds, although he says he could do with a rest.

"We've done a host of events recently," he said.

"I'm recovering from Devon County Show at the moment but I'm ready to dive into the next one.

"Although I am looking forward to a rest after this weekend."

He said he's excited to offer a range of beers all from North Devon, which will include three champion ales.

Tim will have three Forge ales on offer behind his bar, which have all won beer of the year awards at the Moulting Beer Festival in Newton Abbot.

At this year's Moulting festival a special award for the champion of champions ale was held and Forge scooped gold, silver and bronze.

"It's a fantastic achievement," said Tim, "and they'll all be available.

"We've also got Yelland Manor and Holsworthy Ales coming, which is a first.

"It just goes to show the independent brewing scene in north Devon is doing very well and it doesn't need any help from the Cornish."

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