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Newcastle United FC’s St James’ Park to hold its first ever real ale festival

ByDave Stopher

Sep 25, 2016

On 7 and 8 October, Newcastle United FC’s St James’ Park will play host to some of the North East’s best loved artisan breweries for two days of beer, music and food.

And along with 54 beers and ciders from breweries such as Wylam, Cullercoats, Blackhill and Firebrick, festival-goers will be able to tuck into a menu of dishes designed especially for the occasion.

Chefs from the stadium’s catering partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, will be serving up pulled pork baps, honey roast ham and mash, rustic potato wedges and burgers, to a background of live music provided by bands such as Champagne Charlies.

Samantha Doyle, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at the stadium, said: “We’re very excited to be hosting our first ever real ale festival and bringing together three North East passions; food, football and a good pint.

“The region’s home to some very impressive breweries and, by teaming their beers and ciders with food from our highly skilled chefs in this iconic setting, we hope to give festival-goers a great weekend.

“And with any luck this real ale festival will be the first of many at St James’ Park.”

The Real Ale Festival, which will also feature a Bombay Gin bar, will take place at the stadium’s Platinum Club from 6pm to 11pm on 7 Octoberand from 12 noon to 10pm on 8 October.

Tickets cost £10 for a one-day and £15 for a weekend ticket and entry includes a programme and a commemorative glass as a memento of the event.

CAMRA, student and group discounts are available and information and tickets can be accessed by calling 0191 201 8525 or emailing catering.reception@nufc.co.uk .