Shropshire Oktoberfest returns

The annual Shropshire Oktoberfest returns to Shrewsbury’s Quarry on October 6 and 7.

The beer festival from has sold out on the Saturday of the event for the last two years. A highlight this year will be a beer-tasting workshop from award-winning beer writer, Laura Hadland. Laura has been named as one of the top three drinks’ writers in the UK after being picked as a finalist for the prestigious Guild of Food Writer Awards. The beer aficionado will lead a beer tasting on the Friday evening of the festival, which will feature locally produced ales available at the event.

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will be running the Hopportunity Bar with their top picks and unusual choices, which usually include vegan and gluten free options. CAMRA will crown the best beer at the festival ‘Shropshire’s Choice’.

The live music stage hosts local bands performing singalong favourites and Vorsprung Durch Oompah will transport you to the German beer halls.

Friday’s acts feature Touch Too Much, The Almighty Johnsons, Lucas D & The Groove Ghetto, and Ego Friendly. Saturday’s lineup hosts Back to the Border, The Shire-ish Rovers, The Vertigo Band, Vorsprung Durch Oompah, Black Bear Kiss, Dirty Rockin Scoundrels, Five o’Clock Hero, Fee Fee & the Sentiments, and Skaburst. The stage will be hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth.

On Saturday there will be barrels of laughs to go with the beers in the Comedy Club. Confirmed comedians include stand-up Roger Monkhouse, who is a regular writer on TV panel show  8 Out of 10 Cats, 2017 Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Daliso Chaponda, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist  Noel James, all-round entertainer Sol Bernstein and winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny, Patrick Monahan. Comedian Tony Vino will be MC.


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