Cheers to area’s new real ale festival

Steel City Beer and Cider Festival at Ponds Forge, October 3-6 2012'Pictured is Andy Cullen, chairman of Sheffield and District Campaign for Real Ale

Steel City Beer and Cider Festival at Ponds Forge, October 3-6 2012'Pictured is Andy Cullen, chairman of Sheffield and District Campaign for Real Ale

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Dronfield pubs will be raising a glass to the area’s real ale enthusiasts on Saturday as they launch The Ridge – a new festival of beer, traditional cider and food.

The festival is an off-shoot of the popular Three Valleys Festival, started by CAMRA’s Beer Matters magazine editor Andrew Cullen.

The Ridge – which broadens the area to include even more venues – is backed by officers of the new Dronfield branch of CAMRA.

A free bus service is being laid on to ferry festival-goers from Dronfield railway station and between the 12 pubs taking part.

They include five newcomers – the Travellers’ Rest at Apperknowle, Inn at Troway, Royal Oak at Coal Aston, Talbot Arms at Dronfield Woodhouse and the town centre Victoria Inn – as well as Unstone Community Hall.

Activities will include live music and entertainment, as well as barbecues and food.

Andy Cullen says: “The Three Valleys Festival brings thousands to Dronfield. The Ridge festival is all about showing off more of the great real ale venues in the area. We look forward to seeing lots of people enjoying themselves out and about on Saturday!”