I haven't been to a Norwich Beer Festival for over ten years, which is a shame as it is a good festival with an interesting beer selection, highlights this year being Bass Museum No1 Barley Wine and Old Chimneys Good King Henry and some good foreign beers, which always attract me more than the average cask ale.
This year's festival nearly became half a festival though, as a sparrowhawk found its way into the hall while the festival was being set up. The inquisitive bird of prey then perched in the rafters high above one of the halls, and despite the concerted efforts of a local falconer it remained in place as the festival opened. The falconer was happy that the bird was in good spirits and not bothered by the imbibing habits of its human companions.
Obviously this is one bird with impeccable taste as the warmth and conviviality of the festival has got to be better than the cold outside at this time of year. I'm sure it will escape when hunger takes over - that's if it isn't filling up on imperial stouts!