Newtown Festival inspires local producers

September 3, 2013

A beer called Severn Smiles has been unveiled for the first-ever Newtown Food Festival this year by local brewery Monty’s.

The company was keen to tie-in with the free event, which will see producers, chefs and businesses from across the region connected with food and drink showcase their products and skills.

As a result, Monty’s has chosen to rename its Monty’s Welsh Pale Ale for the festival. Based on historical research, with approval from The Beer Academy in London, a standard for a beer style known as the Welsh Pale was created. Severn Smiles is Monty’s Breweries interpretation of that recipe.

Monty’s version is a mellow, golden fruity beer with a slightly sweet finish and only 3.6% alcohol. A special label has been designed and created featuring the Severn Smiles name and logo especially for the festival.

Taking place on September 7th and 8th in Newtown, with activities in the Town Centre, within shops, restaurants and cafes, and in Dolerw Park, Newtown Food Festival will feature tastings, launches, stalls, tents, live music, cookery demonstrations and entertainment.

There will be activities for children including a Mad Hatters tea party and Junior Master Chef

Commenting on the launch of Severn Smiles, Monty’s Brewery Director Pam Honeyman said: “We are delighted to be involved with Newtown Food Festival and hope that people will come along in September to sample the excellent local produce in the area.

“Severn Smiles is a lively, enjoyable drink reflective of Newtown Food Festival.”

Rina Clarke, Mayor of Newtown, added: “We are thrilled that local producers are getting into the spirit of the festival and love the innovative decision taken by Monty’s to rename their Welsh Pale Ale in honour of Newtown.”