The very Revd John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, has agreed to help pull pints for hundreds of festival goers at his first Cathedral Beer Festival. Rick Jones of the Water Rat, Ripon gave the Dean a lesson in the art of pulling a proper pint at The Water Rat ahead of the event.

image007The 10th Anniversary Festival takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, from 11.30am to 5pm in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral. Come along and enjoy live music, great beers and delicious hot food. There is something for all the family including a bouncy castle, face painting and craft table for the children. Live music from Two Well Worn singing duo, King Courgette, Roosters, and 9 bar bands are supporting the Festival.

The event has been kindly sponsored by CNG of Harrogate. Commercial gas supplier CNG, based in Harrogate, is committed to supporting the local community and is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s event. Local company the Express Group in Ripon have become this year’s Beer Festival Partner.

Many other local businesses have generously supported this community fundraising event, with a view to raising more funds towards the £5m target for the Cathedral’s Music Trust. The Music Trust aims to secure the future of music at the Cathedral for future generations, secure and develop the Cathedral’s reputation as a major centre of musical excellence, provide accessible musical training through membership of the Cathedral Choir, to develop an inclusive outreach programme to take musical excellence into the region and to work in partnership with others who share our passion for music. Since the launch of the Trust, over £500,000 has been raised.

Hambleton Ales and Rick Jones from the Water Rat, in Ripon are once again supporting this year’s event by taking delivery of the beers from Breweries from all over Yorkshire.

image008Ripon Cathedral’s 2015 Beer Festival will feature a selection of 47 different northern ales and will include, Hambleton Ales, Wold Top Bitter, Rudgate Jorvik Blonde, Roosters, Yorkshire Heart Rhubarbeer , Timothy Taylor’s, Theakstons, Five Towns Brewery, Galaxy from York Brewery, Classic Blonde from Clark’s and lots more. The ever popular “Old Sleningford” local cider, grown and will be on sale, with Pimms, wine and soft drinks.
Entrance to the event will be £3.50 for adults, this includes entry and a chance to win a Luxury Yorkshire Food & Drink Hamper, kindly donated by The Deli On Duck Hill of Ripon