3 awesome hop festivals coming soon

Thought HopFest was synonymous with the height of summer? We’ve got news

If you’ve loved this city and lived in it for some time, you’ll know that besides sweltering heat and the occasional burn from the metal bit of your seatbelt, there’s not always a huge amount to look forward to in August. Except those three special days when The Irish Village’s annual HopFest returns.

That giant, air-conditioned tent acts as a beacon to all who have long since become sick and tired of their summer sweat patches, and annually sees an impressive turnout, often having to implement a one in, one out policy on the door. Spurred on by the popularity on the well-established summer edition, The Irish Village has launched its very first Spring into HopFest, set to take place from Thursday April 13 to Saturday 15. In celebration of the cooler weather, the event will be spread across the gardens of the much-loved Garhoud pub and neighbouring Nomad Terrace at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.

Not only will there be more than 75 varieties of the region’s best-selling hops- and apple-based brews, the family-friendly weekend will also host a sizzling barbecue, live music and a play area complete with petting zoo and bouncy castle. There’s also space for energetic teens to play football and basketball. But the best bit?
It’s entirely free to get in. We’ll see you out in the sunshine.
Free. Thu Apr 13, from 6pm. Fri 14-Sat 15, from noon. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.theirishvillage.com (04 239 5000).

Also coming soon…
Two more hops festival dates for your diary

Brew Fest
Lakeview is bringing back its Brew Fest for a second year from Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1. Completely free to enter, the event kicks off on at 5pm on day one, and serves up a whole weekend packed with more than 50 craft hops and apple-based beverages, along with live entertainment, street food, face-painting and even a petting zoo. There’s also a picnic brunch option available on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, plus free sparkling beverages and mixed drinks for ladies between 8pm and 10pm on Thursday.
Free. Thu Mar 30-Sat Apr 1. Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).

SpringFest
As part of Reform Social & Grill’s annual SpringFest, the biannual hops and apple-based beverage festival returns. Kicking off on Thursday April 20, the event features more than 40 different varieties from around the world, plus live entertainment, face-painting and a bouncy castle for kids. An all-day barbecue will make sure punters are kept well fed, too.
Dhs50 (entry), Dhs225 (five drinks tokens), Dhs380 (ten drinks tokens). Thu Apr 20-Sat Apr 22. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes (04 454 2638).

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