THIS year's free beer festival in Malton will be the largest ever, organised have said.

The event is part of the Malton Food Lovers' Festival will include demonstrations, tastings and new beer launches on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25.

This year's beer festival is sponsored by Malton-based Brass Castle and Bad Seed breweries, along with Yorkshire Ales, and have more than 20 local and seasonal cask and keg ales, and a range of lagers.

The festival is in its sixth year and more than 20,000 people to Malton with a food market including more than 160 artisan producers, retailers and restaurateurs from around Yorkshire.

Access to the festival is free, but chef demonstrations, cookery lessons in Malton Cookery School and other special events are ticketed.

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