Brass and beer to bring a local taste of Bavarian tradition

Oktoberfest 2012 has encouraged Bishopmill event

A local brewery is to team up with a brass band to recreate Moray’s own interpretation of the traditional Bavarian-style Beerfest.

Friends of Moray Concert Brass, who exist to raise funding for the highly acclaimed brass band, are set to team up with the Windswept Brewing Company to provide a day of “great beer and fantastic music”.

Lossiemouth-based Windswept have seen their following grow since former RAF men Al Read and Nigel Tiddy formed the company in 2012.

Nigel Tiddy said: “We are delighted to be supporting Moray Concert Brass with their Beer Festival. The event is a great addition to the local events calendar and provides us with a new opportunity to present our beers to a local audience whilst helping raise funds for the group.”

Partner Al Read added: “It’s great to be part of local beer festival where we can serve our full range of beers. We’re also hoping to have a couple of festival special brews for the craft beer lovers who like to try something new. We’ll do everything we can to ensure everyone has great beer and a good time.”

Six different beers will be available throughout at the day during the Beerfest – and with the chance to try something new from the brewery at some point during the festivities it will be an ideal opportunity for beer lovers to sample all that Windswept has to offer.

Music throughout the day at the Bishopmill Hall in Elgin on Saturday, February 21 is to be provided by Stein Brass, the North of Scotland’s own Oompah band.

The band – consisting of three trumpets, a tenor horn, a euphonium, a trombone, a tuba and percussion – will play a selection of foot stomping, thigh slapping polkas, waltzes and sing-along tunes guaranteed to give Beerfest event a real ‘Hofbrauhaus’ feel.

Glenn Munro, Musical Director of both Moray Concert Brass and Stein Brass said: “Having had such a great time playing at the hugely successful Ocktoberfest held in 2013, we thought it would be nice to hold our own Beerfest and help raise some money for the band – and to provide a great days entertainment and beer for the people of Moray.”

Tickets are £15, which will include a free branded glass and £10 in beer tokens. Wine and soft drinks will also be available. Tickets are available from A&I Supplies in Elgin and a limited number will also be available on the door.

Doors open at 3pm with last orders at 11pm. Over 18s only.

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