There will be real ale bars from The Star and The Sportsman, along with The Nook Brewhouse from Holmfirth, plus a vast array of food from various local delis and restaurants covering all tastes from Indonesian to Italian, Caribbean to Cajun, and not forgetting our very own award-winning pie producers from 'Udders to 'Ecky! It is an event not to be missed.
A new attraction this year will be of special interest to the real ale hunter. Sam at the Star, in conjunction with the festival committee, has organised a 'Real Ale Trail'. It involves eight town centre pubs, (from north to south these are; The Sportsman, The Vulcan, The Kings Head, The Head of Steam, The County, The Grove, The Rat & Ratchet, and The Star) and entitles you to a free festival glass.
All you have to do is visit one of the pubs to collect a festival flier (or download and print a copy here), get a pint or a half of real ale, then get the flier stamped. Do this at all eight and return your completed form to the Festival Information Centre to collect your limited edition commemorative glass.
And to whet your appetite some more, rumour has it that Mallinsons will be providing a beer for each of the pubs taking part! The trail starts on 26th July and runs until the end of the festival, so make a note to get out and see what the town's great pubs have to offer this summer. Full details can be found on the festival website and their facebook page.