Beer festival gearing up for another fun weekend

Beer festival fun and games set to return

MORAY’S BEER FESTIVAL is gearing up to be the largest yet with the showcase of the region’s craft beer industry returning next month.

‘Moktoberfest’ is to be held over the weekend of October 10 and 11 – and once again will boast dozens of beers produced locally and from throughout the East of Scotland.

There will also be a selection of bottled beers from around Europe for an event that last time out managed to provide a great deal of fun for local people as well as raising over £10,000 for Moray charities.

Chair of the Moktoberfest organising committee, Nigel Tiddy, said: “In 2013 many local and national businesses and organisations, along with the help of an enthusiastic and loyal public and volunteers, made the very first Moktoberfest an outstanding success.

“We hope this will be the same for this year, if not better so we can raise lots of money for local causes in Moray.”

Ensuring the perfect backdrop will be live music throughout the event while local butchers will be providing sausages made just for Moktoberfest – using local beers.

A strong supporter of the event is Moray’s MSP, Richard Lochhead, who said: “It was great to see so many people involved and enjoying the 2013 Moray Oktoberfest and I am sure this year will be even better given that our local craft beers are going from strength to strength!

“In this Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink we are very fortunate to have such excellent craft beer companies in Moray that fully complement our traditional whisky sector in Speyside and who want to put something back into the community.”

To ensure that the weekend goes perfectly for visitors the Moktoberfest organisers are seeking out a team of volunteers to help out in a variety of roles. These include front of house, bar, sausage stall and bottle beer stall attendants.

Nigel Tiddy said: “You are promised a great time and the opportunity to enjoy lots of wonderful beer! Each volunteer will receive a free entry for a session when they are not “working”, a free official T-shirt and glass and six tokens for beer.

“So if you want to be involved in this amazing event especially if you have experience and qualifications in bar and catering work then please get in touch.”

Anyone interested in supporting the event by volunteering, as an official sponsor, advertiser or just wishing to find out more, they should visit Moray Moktoberfest online on their website or their Facebook page.