Gold standard ahead for the real ale festival

Cove’s Real Ale Festival will be ‘Going for Gold’ this year, with more ales and ciders on offer than ever before.

After the excitement of the Commonwealth Games, the volunteer organisers have decided to keep the enthusiasm going by including those ales which have been gold medal winners – and a few that were pretty close.

The number of ales for the 13th Cove and Kilcreggan Real Ale Festival had been increased from 18 to 22, and ciders from four to six.

Festival food on September 27 will include homemade chilli (both meat and veggie), homemade chicken curry, and for the first time, a beef goulash made exclusively for the event, by Milan from award-winning Helensburgh restaurant La Barca.

And keeping local, all the beef and chicken will be provided from local butcher Kevin Walker.

There will also be baked potatoes with fillings, and a selection of rolls made to order on offer, as well as snacks, wine and soft drinks.

In addition there will be an outdoor tented family area, with the Craigrownie Park fund-raising committee providing a children’s space with lots of paper, crayons, chalks and activities, and snacks and drinks for children.

The village will be welcoming back blues and funk band Harmonica Lewinsky in the late afternoon, and hopefully a few impromptu performances from Real Ale Fest participants during the day.

Organised and staffed by locals, the festival is a major fund-raising event for the community-run Burgh Hall and attracts visitors from all over the country.

Doors will open at 12 noon and an entry fee of £4 (CAMRA members £3) includes a souvenir glass, and tasting notes.