LIVERPOOL’S fifth annual beard and moustache contest, BeerdFest takes place on Saturday, September 3 in the Baltic Triangle. The popular festival – endorsed by bearded legend Brian Blessed – offers beer and respect to winners. A local music line up will accompany the beard fun at Constellations from 2pm. Beard contesting gets started at 4pm hosted by the tashwag/organiser Jodie Schofield and Tom Singleton from The Essential Journal, when the best in northern facial hair hits the catwalk. Brian Blessed is patron and supporter of the festival. He said: “It’s delightful that people are coming together and celebrating beards –I’ve always enjoyed mine. If you want a fun day out, BeerdFest in Liverpool will do the trick.” Raising money for local charities via donations and a raffle, BeerdFest has gone from strength to strength since it started in 2012, and thanks to its popularity, has inspired the national contest to come to Liverpool. Festival creator Jodie Schofield said: “BeerdFest is such a fun day for all the family “Hundreds of beards and beard lovers joins us every World Beard Day to celebrate beards. Beards, beer and music is just a winning combination – really, what’s not to like?” Categories for 2016 include: Best Monster Beard, Best Business Beard, Best Partial Beard, Best Moustache, Best Homemade, Best Kids Homemade, BeerdFest Freak (freestyle). Audience members can also win as there open-for-all awards such as Bets Beerdfester. Register your category on the day before 3pm or email your category of choice to firstname.lastname@example.org.