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Hopfest 2018 in Fulwood – what can I drink, how much and when is it

Posted on - 30th June, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Cadley, Food & Drink, Fulwood, Preston News, Uncategorized, What's On in Preston
Hopfest pint being poured
Hopfest pint being poured

A beer, gin and music festival returns to Fulwood during the first weekend of July.

Running from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July the Hopfest sees plenty to drink and some rugby to watch too at Preston Grasshoppers in Lightfoot Lane.

Here’s all you need to know about the festival’s three days and what you can get up to.

When is it on?

The Friday opens from 12noon with a networking event for businesses across the city.

The public can get in from 4pm (three hours earlier than last year).

On Friday it runs until 12midnight.

Saturday and the bar is open from 11am and through until midnight.

On Sunday and it’s a 12noon start and drinking up by 4pm.

Enjoying a gin at Hopfest
Enjoying a gin at Hopfest

What can I drink at Hopfest?

There’s seven craft ales on, 28 craft ciders and 57 real ales available to try throughout the weekend.

A full beer list is available on the Hopfest website.

If ale isn’t your thing there’s more than 20 gins to try from Blackwood Vintage Dry to Greenall’s Classic Gin.

Read more: Hopfest not floating your boat? See what else is on in Preston

Any music on at Hopfest?

The Friday has Harrison Fury, Blues Blaggers, Neon Cactus and a funk and soul disco.

During Saturday the festival welcomes Olly Taylor, The Hollinses, Teri Birtwistle, Cordivae, Matt Gallagher, Alex Hulme, The Inbetweeners, Sweeney Astray, The Inciders and DJ Guilty Pleasures to round things off.

Inside the tent at Hopfest where the music acts perform
Inside the tent at Hopfest where the music acts perform

Any rugby?

Yes, there’s the touch rugby fancy dress tournament. An annual event. Teams have paid £35 to enter, as a team of 10.

What about activities for kids?

There’s a family fun day on the Saturday afternoon, with loads on and a BBQ. Entry is free for children under 16 on the Saturday.

Read more: Plug and Taps opens new ale bar in Preston city centre

How much does it cost?

It’s £5 on Friday, £6 on Saturday and free on Sunday.

Tickets are available to buy on Skiddle and there may be some on the door but it regularly sells out.

Have you been to Hopfest? Will you be going again? Let us know in the comments below

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