It’s a well-known fact that Yorkshire’s well established for its wonderful produce along with being blessed with some of the country’s finest Horse Racing.
Ripon Races have taken the saying ‘Love thy neighbour’ to another level and have teamed for the second year with Masham based brewers Theakston’s and Bedale based Heck Food for a BBQ n Beer festival to end their 2017 season.

The meeting which takes place on Saturday 30th September is the fourth annual event put on by Theakstons at the Racecourse, the pop-up Beer Festival with a full range of seasonal and new ales from Theakstons is in addition to the permanent ‘Theakston Terrace Bar’ that was installed as part of the 2013 winter renovations.
Heck and Theakstons will both be on course as part of the BBQ n Beer festival, along with Leeds acoustic duo ‘Strobe’ who will be performing throughout the afternoon in the dedicated chill out area.

The trio have teamed up to offer racegoers the ultimate BBQ package with entry, a Heck BBQ meal and a pint of Yorkshire’s finest Theakston Ale and can be pre-booked on the Ripon Races website.

Victoria Bramley, Marketing Manager of Theakston Brewery said “We are greatly looking forward to the fourth Annual Theakston Pop-Up beer festival at Ripon Races and to what is fast becoming the must-go-to event in the Ripon social calendar. This year’s will be even bigger and better with a record number of nine of our famous Masham brewed ales on the bar and, in attendance with us for the second year running are the wonderful Heck whose sausages complements our beer perfectly!”

James Hutchinson, Managing Director of Ripon Races said “We are thrilled to continue our great working relationship with Theakston’s and showcase the best of Yorkshire BBQ with Heck joining the team. It’s amazing to think we have come to the end of what has been a fantastic season here at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’

Racing highlights of the day include the Class 2 ‘Ripon Cathedral City of The Dales Handicap Stakes’, a £25,000 contest for 3 year olds and upwards over six furlongs, ‘The Noel Hetherton Memorial Handicap Stakes’ a £10,000 five furlong sprint which remembers the former patron of the Racecourse who sadly passed away in 2015.

The raceday also marks a special end to the season as the Racecourse pays tribute to their Groundstaff team with an official thank you.

The final race of the season has been fittingly named ‘The Thank You To Our Groundstaff Maiden Stakes’ as a tribute to the team behind ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’s award winning surroundings.

The team are celebrating the recent news of being named as one of three Racecourses in the final shortlist of the IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year. Ripon will go up against teams from Sandown and Nottingham and will represent the Racecourse at the annual awards dinner where the winners will be announced.

Racing on Saturday 30th September starts at 2pm with gates open for entry at 11.30am before Ripon close their gates until April 2018.

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