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Beer & Beef Festival

12 hours of beer, beef, fun and music

Hosted by the The Whole Roast Ox Co in partnership with Springhill Beef and Lamb, this fantastic event takes place from midday on Saturday 22 September at Jervaulx, near Masham. It will be the North of England’s very first Beer & Beef Festival.

Offering the finest dry-aged Dexter beef - sourced from Springhill Farm itself - come along for an eclectic mix of live music, children's entertainment and cookery demonstrations from leading local chefs.

There will be a mouth-watering array of sumptuous gourmet beef burgers, steak sandwiches, smoked pulled beef brisket, cured and dried beef charcuterie, and plenty of local beers and gins to accompany these delicious delights.

The finale to this veritable feast is a whole Dexter ox roast, served at night and included in the ticket price - possibly the best beef you will ever eat and certainly the most spectacular you will ever see!

The suppliers:

Wensleydale Brewery, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, produces something to satisfy every taste. Carl Gehrman and Geoff Southgate's passion for brewing quality real ale has resulted in many local and regional accolades and awards with firm favourites like Semer Water and Black Dub gracing bars across the region .

Richmond Brewing Company aims to make quality beers with great flavour. Using ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible, there are four bottled varieties of beer and cider to savour.

The entertainment:

The official Mumford & Sons tribute act, Chasing Mumford are an awesome band of multi-instrumentalists with spine-tingling live vocal harmonies, fronted by the charismatic Chase Williams. With attention to musical detail and the perfect image to match, this ultimate party band effortlessly capture the energy of the incredibly popular folk-pop festival sound like no other.

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013, the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.

A beautiful mix of laid-back chill, passion and spirit, acoustic covers band Siren and Strings perform an eclectic selection of songs. Neill Davison's superb guitar playing and vocal harmonies mix with Abigail Nelson's distinctive emotion-loaded vocals to create something different, fresh and engaging. With the addition of the amazing Jose Williamson on percussion (who knew that so much rhythm could be created from a wooden box and a few shakers!) and the uber cool James Squire on saxophone and clarinet, this band prove that a really good song will shine even when stripped back to basics.

The Moonbeams are centred around the duo of Jon Avison on guitar and vocals and Jen Haines on viola, cello and piano, accompanied whenever possible by collective members Ben Avison on accordion, mandolin, guitar and banjo, and Sam Lawrence on acoustic bass, pipes, banjo and guitar. With others joining the fun when available.  

Family fun throughout the day includes story teller Rhoda Fraser spinning a yarn or two, linking the themes of beef and farmyard animals, face painting, and a rodeo bull.

The schedule:

Doors open at 12 noon, with the festival finishing at midnight. Food and drink served all day.

Afternoon:  The Moonbeams and Siren & Strings

Early evening: Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Headline act: Chasing Mumford

Shuttle buses:

The organisers are planning to organise buses to pick up and drop off at Redmire, Carperby, Askrigg, Hawes, Bainbridge, Aysgarth, West Witton, Leyburn, Middleham, Bedale, Masham, and Richmond.  

If there is enough interest they may consider putting on buses from elsewhere.

Tents and campervans:

Overnight camping is on offer, with access to the site from 8.30am to 11.30am on 22 September. After 11.30, no vehicles are permitted to enter the camping field and tents will need to be carried on site. Camping field to be vacated by 2pm on 23 June. No open fires.

For more detailed information, timings, prices and to buy tickets, please go to the Beer & Beef Festival website.

Beer & Beef Festival website

Visit the Beer & Beef Festival website for tickets and more info

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