The Delapre Beer Festival will be unaffected by the rainy weather forecast for today’s opening, organisers said.
And with the temperatures due to take an upturn from tomorrow, Northampton Borough Council said it saw no reason why 2014 could not be the most successful beer festival yet.
A spokesman said: “We’re aware of the rain expected for the first day of the festival but we’ve had a look at the likely conditions under foot and we don’t think it’ll cause problems for heavy machinery, so it should cause no issues.
“The weather doesn’t normally stop Brits having a good time and, with a bit of luck, Friday onwards should be even better conditions.”
Northampton Borough Council is running the festival at Delapre Park from today until Saturday evening.
It will feature more than 200 beers and 90 ciders as well as country wines, gin and locally-sourced food, plus live music.
About 8,000 people attended last year’s festival and after receiving feedback from customers, this year’s event will feature additional seating areas, a traditional band stand and improved entry systems.
Among the beers on offer, there will be various award- winning titles, including Beijing Black’ brewed by Kettering-based brewery Potbelly, which won ‘Supreme Champion’ at the SIBA National Beer Competition in 2006.
The Delapre Beer Festival will run in partnership with the Wig & Pen from Thursday May 29, 4pm – 10pm, Friday May 30, 11am – 10pm and Saturday May 31, 11am – 10pm.
Phipps NBC will celebrate its return to brewing in the town with an exhibition stand at the event. Last month, the company started brewing in Northampton again after an absence of more than four decades.
For more information about other events happening in Northampton visit www.lovenorthampton.co.uk