Monday, 6 October 2014

snods edge beer festival

A busy, busy weekend here.  Although we weren't involved in the setting up of a local beer festival we are good friends with those organising it.
Over the weekend we each had our 'jobs' to do, OH manning the pumps and me in the kitchen - yes I know it's gender stereotyping but that's just the way it worked out.
This was the fourth year for the 'Snods Edge Beer Festival' and proved to be the biggest yet, although small by comparison to other venues it attracted so many customers that the pumps had all run dry by the end of the second day, which I suppose is far better than them running dry on the first day.  
We had 12 local real ales with such delightful names as 'Blackhill Bottom Busty', 'Jarrow Rivet Catcher' and 'The Olde Potting Shed'. There were also three ciders: Clan McFannie, Muckle Toon Rosie and Steel Bonnet. The ciders proved particularly popular - well they would wouldn't they with names like that.
I didn't spend much time in the hall with the beer drinkers as there was too much to do cooking four different types of pork sausages from The Northumberland Sausage Company: Newcastle Brown Ale, Tarset Valley Marmalade and Red Onion, Wark Chilli Sizzler and Traditional Thick Pork.  On the Saturday alone we cooked over 200.

Not a very good photograph - but it was a very, very, very hot oven.  

Then there was the peeling and chopping of 13 kg of onions to fry, for the sausage sandwiches ....the smell of onions permeated everything!      

On Saturday afternoon a local trio, the Larks' played acoustically and they were fantastic, so we sang along in the kitchen to well known classics from from the likes of The Beatles, Carol King and James Taylor .  I forgot to get a photograph so I found them (as a duo) on You Tube...

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