The Scene Column: Music and food fest season

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy previews some of the best festivals for foodies, drink and music lovers which will get you in the spring mood…

Ahhh, the month of May. A beautiful month that whispers, “Summer’s almost here” and it then gifts us with two blissful, bookended Bank Holidays!

May is also the month that the staff from many pubs and music venues start to venture outside, blinking into the sunlight, as they prepare to put on a variety of festivals for sun-seekers looking to socialise.

This month, I’ve picked three great local festivals to share with you.

Friday 10 – Sunday 12 May – Concrete Pint Beer and Music Festival, Barworx, Unit 4, 29 Mount Avenue, £10-£20.

One for the real ale lovers and besides, The Concrete Pint Beer and Musical Festival is hosting a Concrete Beer Hall and Concrete Garden, where they’ll be offering 55 cask and craft beers, served in steins, pints, halves, and thirds for those that like to sample a few.

With seating and pub games available, punters will be further treated to an outdoor stage with live music all weekend, a gin bar, cocktails and street food too.

Thursday 25 – Friday 26 May – Peartree Bridge Fundraising Music Festival, Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, Peartree Bridge, FREE ENTRY.

How about a local fundraising festival that supports charity? Across two days, this festival will see the stage graced by local talent, The Retros, Miller & Walker, Cerys Price, I Can’t Believe it’s not Buddy, Super Star Saga, Jam Basket, Thao Nguyen and more!

Money raised across the weekend will support Macmillan and MK Creative Fundraising (a local homeless community project), so there’s never a better reason to support live music.

Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May – MK11 Beer and Street Food Festival, MK11 Club, Kiln Farm, FREE ENTRY.

Spread across three days, MK11 is providing something for everyone, with an array of local vendors in attendance, offering foods of all cuisines, catering for a myriad of tastes Kids are welcome until 7pm, and besides the food, there’ll be real ale, cider, spirits, wines, lager, craft beers, gin and more behind the bars.

Plus, a further promise of live music, televised sports and a raffle, finally cumulating with a pub quiz on the Monday. The event’s supporting MK Food Bank, so altruistic festival-goers are asked to consider bringing along an item of non-perishable food to donate on arrival.

So, the last month of spring is suddenly looking more enticing that anticipated and what better way to welcome in the summer than a local festival?

This feature was published in the May 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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