Hopfest is back for 2017 this September

Dates announced for Dubai’s biggest hops festival at The Irish Village

Mark your calendars, because Hopfest is back for 2017, and it’s going to be big.

The Irish Village’s popular festival will be taking place across three days this September, once the temperatures start to climb down a little, on Thursday 7 until Saturday 9.

More than 100 global brands will be taking part this year, with hops from around the world on show. Think Irish, Belgian, German, English, Italian, Asian and Australian creations, so you can go on a globetrotting tour of flavours.

Three bands will be providing the soundtrack inside The Irish Village’s enormous, air-conditioned marquee across the weekend. Some of Dubai’s favourite bands playing over the three days include Roadie, Fixer – the classic rock covers band – and The Maplejacks – one of Dubai’s best known acts for feel-good rock and pop covers. Check out some footage from their recent performance at The Irish Village.

By heading down to Hopfest 2017 early, you’ll benefit from greater discounts. On Thursday September 7 you’ll get 25 percent discount on drinks vouchers when you buy a book of ten (you’ll get them for Dhs300 instead of Dhs400). That offer only lasts until 7pm, though, so get in early otherwise the full rate will apply. A minimum of four vouchers must be bought on entry – costing a total of Dhs160.

On Friday September 8 and Saturday 9, ten vouchers will cost Dhs400, and while four vouchers must be bought to enter the festival on Friday, only two need to be bought for entry on Saturday (costing Dhs80). Individual drinks vouchers can be bought for Dhs45 all weekend, and on Saturday September 9, free food will be available between noon and 2pm for everyone. Pub food will be available through the rest of the festival.

It’s one of the biggest events on the Dubai calendar, so mark the dates because this is one you don’t want to miss.

Prices vary. Thu Sep 7 to Sat Sep 9. The Irish Village, Garhoud, info@theirishvillage.com (04 239 5000).

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