Beer and Curry Brings Cheer to Currie

by Chris Fairbairn

Monday, June 11th, 2018

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EDINBURGH’s largest volunteer-run beer festival has once again seen more than 1000 people enjoy themselves while raising funds for causes in the local community.

Currie Beer and Curry Festival, now in its seventh year, started out in a small church hall, however due to its growing popularity now sees the local community centre transformed into a haven for food and drink lovers.

Organised by the Currie Balerno and District Round Table, the festival has now directly raised funds exceeding £50,000 over its lifetime, with the money distributed to local causes who successfully apply for grants.

This year’s event, which featured housebuilder CALA Homes (East) as lead sponsor for the third consecutive year, took place on Friday 08th and Saturday 09th June – and saw huge numbers make the most of the weather and occasion.

Christine Owen, an organiser with the festival since day one, hopes that this year will have broken last year’s fundraising total.

Speaking shortly after the event, she said: “It’s so rewarding to see so many people turn out and enjoy themselves, with this event now a crucial part of the area’s calendar of events.

“The festival is a great opportunity for this close-knit community to get together and have a summer celebration – all in the name of a good cause too – and we’re hopeful we’ve raised even more money this year.

“What’s more we get to sample some of the best beer around – and what better way to complement it than with some top quality authentic Indian cooking.

“I’d finally like to thank CALA Homes for once again committing to the event and supporting us – it makes an incredible difference as to what we can achieve here – and ultimately benefits so many people in the wider community.”

Babu Bombay Street Kitchen once again provided the catering and high-quality lighting and sound was provided by Edinburgh specialists Black Light.

More than 40 different beers from craft breweries featured over the weekend, with prosecco, cava and cider also provided.

Alasdair Hughes, Land Buyer with CALA Homes (East), said: “This is a community event really like no other – and the volunteer organisers do an amazing job.

“It is testament to these communities in the west of Edinburgh that it is such a success – and we’re delighted to have been able to play our part in helping it to continue going from strength to strength.”

CALA Homes (East) has delivered a number of successful sites in the area in recent years, including the award-winning Kinleith Mill in Currie. It is currently selling new homes at two developments in Balerno, at Kingfisher Park and Ravelrig Heights.

Since 2011 it has also been shirt sponsors for Currie Chieftains, the local Premiership rugby club, which is based at Malleny Park, Balerno.

It also contributed £2,000 for the Currie and Balerno Community Chest, run in partnership by the Rotary Club of Currie and Balerno and the Balerno Village Trust.

CALA Homes (East) also works closely with The Prince’s Trust to offer opportunities for young people to develop new skills and gain hands-on experience and training across many of its developments.

CALA Homes is headquartered in Edinburgh and employs more than 850 people and earned its reputation on the high quality of the homes it builds, which are sensitively designed to augment the areas in which they are located.

The result is homes that are highly sought after and which retain their value over decades, earning loyalty from owners, who often live in a series of CALA properties.

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

Chris Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn is a PR account manager with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood Partnership. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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