Sunday, August 19, 2007

Summer Pours On!

So many open air events this summer (what summer?) have already been ruined or cancelled due to the really crappy weather that I was fully expecting to get another drenching at Ossett Brewery's Open Day and Huddersfield's Food & Drink Fest this weekend.
Luckily this part of Yorkshire just escaped the real deluges seen further south, so being outdoors was just about manageable if you could live with a chilly breeze and the odd shower. Personally I'm much happier stopping indoors in such conditions - and that's largely what I did - resulting in the Brewer's Pride, Station Tavern and Rat & Ratchet doing 'quite nicely thank you' out of me this weekend!

A trip to Ossett for the brewery's big fun-day got off to a great start with a flying visit to the aforementioned Brewer's Pride, a real gem of a pub with a formidable reputation for quality ales (all from the free trade). Finding out that the pub is holding it's annual beer festival next weekend was brilliant news until I realised it clashes with The Nook's at Holmfirth (nothing for a few weeks then they all come at once syndrome). Still it is Bank Holiday so there might be time to do both - we shall see.

On the Open Day itself, the reduced price beer and barbecue were very well received (though I could have lived without the rock/pop band), plus it was nice to see a few old faces and take a glance around the impressive plant. Unfortunately with other commitments and a sudden deterioration in the weather I couldn't stop long enough to see the Marsden Brass Band, so could only hope that they weren't on the receiving end of another soaking!

I haven't a single picture from the couple of hours spent at the food festival on Sunday morning due to the persistent drizzle (the camera's not happy in the rain), but it was as enjoyable as ever with plenty plates of 'samplin' scran' for those on the look out for a free breakfast, plus lots of decent bargains on wines, oils, spices and the rest of it.

Andrew Jones the butchers always seem to attract the biggest crowd at this festival, probably because it's just about impossible to walk past their stall without at least stopping to take in the glorious smells. And I don't know what it is but here's all this incredible tasting food from all four corners of the globe and I come away with a sack full of locally made pies! It must be a Yorkshire thing I guess. My top recommendation? Pork & rhubarb pie - now there's a combination everyone should try!

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