Region’s first Beer and Beef Festival to take place at Jervaulx

Dexter cattle on the host Springhill Farm which is providing the beef for the event

A farm is gearing up to host the region’s first Beer and Beef Festival as part of a celebration of the fine food.

Springhill Farm at Jervaulx will be hosting the 12-hour event on Saturday, September 22, marking a culmination of the Yorkshire Dales and AONB’s week-long Cheese Festival which is also championing the array of locally-produced food.

During the event, which will also raise funds for charity, festival-goers will be able to listen to bands while tucking into gourmet burgers, barbecue dishes such as South American-style Asado ribs and smoked pulled brisket, all produced from Dexter beef reared on the farm.

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To compliment the food, regionally-produced ales from Wensleydale and Richmond breweries together with cider from Ampleforth and a new gin from the Spirit of Masham distillery will be on-tap.

Local chefs will also be on-hand during the afternoon sharing culinary tips for various cuts of beef including chefs from the Burgoyne 1783 restaurant in Reeth demonstrating raw beef recipes, or making the most of less well-known, tasty steaks such as the bavette, onglet, pichana and goose skirt.

Then towards the evening a whole ox roast, slowly cooked using beef supplied by Springhill from its own rare breed of Dexters, will be served just as the headline act, the tribute band Chasing Mumford begins playing.

One of the organisers of the event, Ian Bell of The Whole Roast Ox Company, said: “We’re hoping this will become an annual event, a day which is all about championing our fantastic producers and introducing people to a whole new taste sensation when they tuck into properly reared, properly cooked beef.

“Importantly we will also be make a donation from this year’s proceeds to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, the charity set up by well-known former rugby player Doddie Weir to raise funds that will aid research into Motor Neurone Disease.”

The Beer and Beef Festival runs from 12pm to 12am

Tickets which also include a Dexter beef burger and the Ox Roast, cost £28 per adult and £12.50 for children under 16 and need to be purchased in advance.

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The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival begins on September 15 at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes with a two-day mini festival comprising 35 stalls of local produce and all-things-cheese together with cookery demonstrations, tastings, pairings and live music.

After that more than 50 events will be held at more than 20 scenic spots right across the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Naturaly Beauty.

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