WHAT 10th anniversary Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven attracted a record breaking 6,000 visitors while raising £52,000 for local charities
WHEN The Happening was a celebration of the craft of brewing, along with great street food and top musical entertainment held from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22
WHERE The Happening was held in a purpose-built marquee in Stonehaven’s Baird Park.
WHO The Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven is a not-for-profit event organised by local beer fans.
CONTACT Organiser Robert Lindsay on 07840 678243 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend by smashing records for both attendance and fund-raising.
More than 6,000 people flocked to the three-day festival of beer, food and music and in the process helped the not-for-profit event raise a massive £52,000 for local charities.
That grand total means Stonehaven’s beer festival has raised a total of £177,000 for good causes since it was launched in 2009.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: "We really couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate our 10th birthday than with what was, essentially, a three-day party where thousands of people just had so much fun.
"And to have people enjoy themselves that much while helping to raise so much money is just fantastic."
"We always hoped that for our 10th anniversary we would pass the £150,000 milestone for raising money. We simply didn’t expect to smash it by this much."
Robert said four local charities would be the main beneficiaries of this year’s fund-raising.
Stonehaven’s Men’s Shed, Stonehaven Sea Cadets, Stonehaven Youth Football Club and the town’s Rhythm Nation Dance And Fitness, made up of local children who share a passion for dance and friendship will receive £10,000 each.
"These are all great organisations who make a huge difference to lives in Stonehaven for people of all ages and from all walks of life. We are delighted to be able to help them with their tireless work for the community," said Robert.
In addition, the Happening will be able to gift £2,000 to Stonehaven Cycling Club, £2,000 to Stonehaven Mackie FP youth rugby, £2,000 to Stonehaven Pillar Partnership and £1,000 to Stonehaven Lions club.
This year's Happening was officially opened by Guide Dog puppy-in-training Summer, sponsored by a £10,000 donation from the festival two years ago.
"We are delighted to announce we can now gift a further £5,000 to continue Summer's training," said Robert.
Robert said he was grateful for the continued support of people for the Happening and the great feedback they give the event, held in a purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park.
"We made some changes for our 10th anniversary, creating a marketplace atmosphere for the 120 plus beers on offer by inviting brewers to set up their own pop-up bars. Our visitors seemed to really like what we did this year."
Robert said he was also delighted by the success of the Happening’s Sportive, which this year saw a record entry of 1,000 cyclists tackling three challenging routes through the Mearns.
"All in all, our 10th year has seen records tumble on all front and – more importantly – people having the best of times while helping others.
"None of that would have been possible without the help of our hundreds of volunteers, our sponsors and, of course, the people who came along to enjoy all the beer, food and music. That goes for not just this year, but every year for the past decade. We can’t thank them enough.
"However, that leaves us with a good problem to have. Where do we go from here?
Every year the event has grown, has developed, has been on the cutting edge of changing people’s perceptions of what beer festivals are about.
"We thoroughly intend to keep doing that, keep getting better and cement our position as, quite simply, one of the biggest and best celebrations of beer, food and music in Scotland."
On tap will be over 140 of the best craft beers and real ales from Scotland and the UK, plus the finest Belgium has to offer. We'll have enough to ensure the Happening keeps happening up until we call time at 11pm on Saturday.
On first night of the Happening we offer a VIP five course beer dinner, each course matched with beer and presented by our beer sommelier. Arrive at the Marine Hotel for your dinner at 5.30pm, dine and imbibe then walk along the picturesque beach esplanade to the Beer Happening for around 7.30pm.
The DINAEDO (100m), REDO (70m), the UNDO (52m) with up to 8,100ft of climbing all within 30 miles of Stonehaven!
All three events offer a different challenge and difficulty level, with the prospect of some great beer afterwards, be prepared for the big climbs and spectacular views.
Good beer demands good food! So it’s just as well that here at the Midsummer Beer Happening we'll have some tasty treats to offer you throughout the night.
As always, great music will form the soundscape of the Midsummer Beer Happening. Expect some superb bands, some quirky surprises, and three days of brilliant entertainment to ensure you have cool tunes with your cold beer.
Once again we'll be pitching up under canvas in Stonehaven's Baird Park. Lets hope the weather is as good as the beer!
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The Beer Happening doesn't just happen, if you'll pardon the pun.
It couldn't go on without the hard work of the volunteers who put it together, man the pumps and look after you while you are here. Our thanks to them and to the sponsors and organisations who supported us.
They all make it possible for us to say to you, "Welcome to the Happening and cheers."
Robert Lindsay Organiser