Coningsby & Tattershall Lions Craft Beer & Cider Festival
Everyone knows that Lions serve and this was taken literally at the first Coningsby & Tattershall Lions Craft Beer and Cider Festival. The event, held at Tattershall Village Hall in August, saw families and visitors alike mingling and enjoying themselves over two days.
The weather was kind, allowing everyone to spill out onto the grass and have fun while the sun shone. Straw bales and wooden chairs plus two marquee tents enabled visitors to enjoy the summer sunshine into the late evening.
Eighteen craft beers from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and thirteen ciders were on offer. There was a fun competition to see which county beer was the most popular: the first to run out was the Skull and Hammers from Batemans Brewery in Lincolnshire, followed by Jaipur from Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire and then 4 Hopmen of the Apocalypse from Nottinghamshire.
The most popular cider was Snailsbank Rhubarb followed by Abrahalls Celtic Tiger.
Over the weekend it is estimated that some 650 people attended including the Kings Lifeguard Regiment of the Sealed Knot who were laying siege to Tattershall Castle during the day and the Lions beer casks at night. Resplendent in their Civil War costumes and carrying their own pewter tankards, they happily seated themselves on the straw bales and lent a real atmosphere of living history to the event.
Lions and family helpers and friends helped out over the two days and Leo Club President Luke Frost assisted with decorating the village hall – his height making him a suitable candidate for putting up the bunting! Hot food was served at all times with bacon butties, Lincolnshire sausage baps, pulled pork rolls and jacket potatoes keeping appetites sated and the Lions energy levels up.
This was not only a wonderful and enjoyable community event, but it also raised approximately £3,500 for Lions charitable causes.
Coningsby & Tattershall Lions are grateful to all the festival sponsors.