Beer festival to return to Kirkcaldy

The last Bavarian Beer Festival was a great success
The last Bavarian Beer Festival was a great success

Roll out the barrels folks, all 100 of them, because a Bavarian beer fest is set to make a welcome return to Kirkcaldy this summer.

Over 8000 people are expected to attend the four-day Traditional Ingolstadt Beer and Music Community Festival, from Thursday, August 21, in a marquee set up in the Town Square.

The event, which was last held in 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the twinning between Kirkcaldy and Ingolstadt, was deemed such a success that its organisers now plan to hold it bi-annually.

Robert Main, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Association said: “What we are trying to do is represent as best as we can the same atmosphere that you would have at a beer festival in Bavaria in order that local people can have a taste and flavour of an alternative culture.

“Equally we also want to put together a programme which affords the Ingolstadt group (around 40 people) a taste of our culture as well.”

To that end, the independent HerrenBrau brewery in Ingolstadt is bringing to Kirkcaldy 100 50-litre barrels consisting of two varieties: Weizen, a wheat beer, and Helles, made from hops.

“Unfortunately, the beer isn’t free,” said Robert, “but I’d rate them very highly.

“The beer itself is brewed under German purity laws which were signed in Ingolstadt in 1516.”

The festival will feature 150 musicians and dancers in a four-day programme of entertainment, kicking off with a performance from the Mailing Brass Band from Ingolstadt and Kirkcaldy and District Pipe Band on the opening night.

Kirkcaldy Area Committee, which approved a grant of over £7000 to the festival yesterday (Wednesday), heard the event would create 22 temporary jobs and generate inward investment of up to £700,000 for the area.

Robert added: “The whole programme is for the community. It’s socially inclusive, it’s free and there’s no obligation for anyone to buy anything. Just participate, listen and soak up the atmosphere.

“Lederhosen is altogether optional!”