The Annascaul Beerfest, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend has two main aims: 1. To donate money to charities and local causes and 2. To put on a great event doing it.
In the past funds have been raised for the Annascaul sports centre (2008), defibrillators for same (2009), Bee for Battens (2010), the Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group (2011) and in 2012 €5,020.12 went to Kerry Respite Care and over €5,000 was donated to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Annascaul Active. 2014 will see money donated to Kerry Cancer Support Group's Health Link Bus.
The festival organisers buy premium world beers and place them in the village pubs and sell them for €4.20 to €4.50 a bottle. All profits from this go into the fund. You can also buy five beer vouchers for €20. Furthermore, in 2014 Crean's Premium Irish Lager are sponsors and the lager will be available in all venues culminating in a Crean's bar in the Connor Crean Centre where sales of Crean's will go directly to charity.
A raffle will also be held, so if you are not a beer drinker you can still contribute in this way. The raffle will be held on the Sunday but tickets will be sold all weekend.
Limited edition merchandise, t-shirts and wristbands, will also be available.
Each year the Festival learns from the previous years and add something new to the event. In 2014, Mundy will be the Festival's first headline act. As well as Mundy, there will be a total of 8 music acts across all venues from Friday to Sunday. The music will range from folk to rock to dance and will employ a great mix of original and classic music.