Here's cheers!

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns and Rebecca Henderson get set for tomorrow's twilight Beer and Cider festival, a major fundraiser for the Barkers Creek Cricket Club.

Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns and Rebecca Henderson get set for tomorrow's twilight Beer and Cider festival, a major fundraiser for the Barkers Creek Cricket Club.

Appreciators of a good brew are flexing their drinking arms and preparing to head out to Barkers Creek on Saturday evening where the local cricket club will be hosting its annual beer and cider festival.

Boutique brews, craft beers and speciality ciders - all from the local area - will be front and centre at the twilight affair that gets going from 3pm.

The picturesque Specimen Gully Road cricket ground sets the scene for this fundraising festival that also offers live music, food vendors and plenty of children's entertainment.

The major annual fundraiser for the little cricket club with the big history, the beer and cider festival is raising the readies for a good cause, festival organiser and club committee member Rebecca Henderson says.

After last year securing a tidy $100,000 state government grant through Sport and Recreation the Barkers Creek Cricket Club is now busy raising a matching amount - in cash and kind - to help foster female participation in sport.

"This is our third annual (festival) event," Rebecca says.

"We 're incorporating all of the craft beer and cider from the region and we've got a couple of new ones on board this year.

"Last year we got a $100,000 state government grant through Sport and Recreation for female friendly facilities, to upgrade our toilet and change room facilities.

"We're now in the process of appointing a builder and we'd be hoping to commence work not long after Christmas."

Also playing a vital role in organising the festival, Barkers Creek local, Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns of Castlemaine's Shedshaker Brewery says the Barkers Creek Club occupies a special place in the local community and is one of the state's oldest cricket clubs.

"It's been going since 1855 and it has a special reciprocal relationship with the Cricket Club of India," Jacqueline notes.

"The Cricket Club of India has toured here seven times and Barkers Creek has toured there twice."

Jacqueline says Saturday's twilight beer and cider festival represents a perfect way to welcome in the festive season.

"We'll be having a number of beers (on offer at the festival). We'll be supplying a special brand of beer for the club," she says.

"They're going to be running a wet wicket bar and they'll have some of our specially brewed beers on offer.

"Being a local brewery we really wanted to get behind anything that supports craft beer and also the local community."

The organisers of Saturday's twilight Beer and Cider festival say the club facility upgrade won't just benefit the club, but will also serve as an important hub facility for the wider local community to use.

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