Preparations well in hand for Kirkcaldy beer festival

Music at the Bavarian Beer Festival
Music at the Bavarian Beer Festival

Preparations for this summer’s Traditional Ingolstadt Beer and Music Community Festival are well underway.

And organisers have now announced the music programme for the four day Bavarian beer festival.

Bavarian Beer Festival

Bavarian Beer Festival

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.

The two bands, which are now formally twinned, will be providing entertainment each day throughout the festival and they will also be playing a joint concert in the Adam Smith theatre towards the end of September.

Also on the Thursday evening Sandie Forbes will be putting together a ceilidh band for the occasion.

Among the highlights of the music programme are performances by local duo the Coaltown Daisies on the Friday night.

Vivienne Bern and Lynzy Moutter have supported Eddi Reader and Glen Tilbrook in the past.

Mad trio, Folk That, will be playing popular covers of well known Scottish songs on the Saturday evening.

Also playing to the crowds during the event will be Dysart Brass Band, Fife Strathspey and Reel Society, Sangsters, Bruce Davies, Alex Mackenzie and Brian McArthur.

Over 8000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs from Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24 in a marquee set up in the Town Square.

The event proved a huge success the last time it took place in 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the twinning between Kirkcaldy and Ingolstadt.

Organisers the Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Association are now hosting it bi-annually.

The independent HerrenBrau brewery in Ingolstadt is bringing to Kirkcaldy 100 50-litre barrels consisting of two varieties of beer - Weizen, a wheat beer, and Helles, made from hops. The beer is brewed under German purity laws which were signed in Ingolstadt in 1516.

Robert Main, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Association, said: “Preparations are now being finalised, the 55 hectolitres of beer is on order for transportation from Herrnbrau Ingolstadt and the music programme is in place that centres on the 29 strong Ingolstadt “oompah” band with a range of Scottish music in support of the music programme.”

As well as the music and the beer, the German foodstall will return and Scottish fayre will also be on site to satisfy the hunger of those attending the festival.

Mr Main added: “Overall the festival looks to build on the tremendous community fellowship, fun and friendship success from 2012.”