Richmond Real Ale Festival offers fruit pressing service

More than 30 traditionally-made beers and ciders – and a fruit pressing service – will be available at the 17th Richmond Real Ale Festival which takes place this coming week.

This year’s free event will be held at the Comrades Club, in Newbiggin, Richmond, from October 11th to 14th.

The event is run by volunteers from the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The event aims to provide a showcase for craft-brewed products from local Yorkshire breweries and others from further afield, as well as farm-brewed ciders from across the country.

Alex Grose, chairman of the North West Yorkshire CAMRA group, said: “This year we have been offered the opportunity to hold our annual ale festival in the Richmond Comrades Club after two great years at Richmondshire Cricket Club.

“We are looking to build on past successes and hopefully offer another eventful festival to all that attend, with some great entertainment planned as well as drinks on offer.

“CAMRA’s aim is to support local breweries and beers and we will have some great local ales available at the festival once again, which this year is taking place over four days from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon.

“We will also have some delicious Ciders and Perry to enjoy and the Comrades Club will have their very own Gin Bar with over five different Gins to choose from.”

As well as games and a tombola, there will be live music from Bluesics Acoustic duo on Friday night and the Finklepickers on Saturday night, a pub quiz and more entertainment planned throughout the festival.

Because 2018 has produced a bumper crop for apples and pears, the organisers are also offering a free fruit pressing service.

All you need to do is gather up your apples and pears and bring them along to the Comrades Club on Saturday.

The press will be operating from 11am until 4pm.

The festival hosts are looking to log the location of participating apple trees to profile the town’s fruit production and will measure acidity and sugar content to assist a suitable blend for juice and cider flavour.

Microbiology will also be profiled to identify the local strains of yeast.

Natural cider fermentation takes up to six months so it will be some time before the character of Richmond Cider is known but it should be worth the wait when there will be a public tasting at the 2019 Ale Festival.

Even if you don’t have a ready stock of your own fruit, you’ll be most welcome and can participate in the actual pressing or simply watch.

If you want to take away the juice from your pressing session make sure you bring along some bottles when you come.

The session will be conducted on a drop in basis but it would be useful if offers of help were notified in advance to camra_nwyorks@yahoo.co.uk

For more details on the festival click here.