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Eastbourne Beer Festival Adds Sizzling Salsa to the Menu
Eastbourne Beer Festival is set to launch this year with a Latin American fusion of merengue and salsa, featuring the UK’s only specialist merengue band.
‘Merengada’, a 10 piece international band featured earlier this year in the BBC Radio 2 series ‘Viva la musica Latina!’, have also featured regularly on TV and have been applauded throughout the music industry for their chart topping, Latin American infused style of dance music.

The band will be headlining the Thursday evening session of what is set to be the South Coasts biggest beer festival, running from 7 – 9 October. Also joining the entertainment programme will be three piece Cuban band ‘Trio Milagro’ and salsa and merengue dancing with ‘Dance Fusion’.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “We’ve added even more to the festival this year, and its not just the extra bars and increased range of real ales and World wines. Visitors can also enjoy an eclectic mix of music and dancing from around the World, which is sure to get people on their feet and make a night to remember.”

Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council in association with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and sponsor Cooden Cellars, the festival features over 100 real ales, wines, ciders and perries.

The International Bottled Beer bar will also be open and drinkers can join the Latin American theme and try ‘Cristal’ from Cuba, ‘Bohemia’ from Mexico and ‘Brahma Chopp’ from Brazil. In the festival restaurant, Mexican fajitas and a classic chilli will also add some spice to the evening.

For wine buffs, festival sponsor Cooden Cellars, will be serving up a treat with free tasting sessions run by Camille Seghesio of Californian winemakers, Seghesio Family Vineyards. The wine programme continues through to Friday and Saturday with winemakers travelling from as far afield as Australia, along with Greek and Spanish food accompaniments courtesy of Trencherman and Turner.

In the pub games room, contestants can also compete to win their very own wooden shuffleboard table, with one given away to the overall winner each evening.

The festival opens from 6 – 11pm on Thursday 7th October and continues on Friday with an Indian theme, a family day on Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening rounds off the festival with Oktoberfest style Oompah entertainment. Tickets cost £5 in advance (£6 on the door) and NUS cardholders receive a 50% discount on Thursday’s session.

To book tickets telephone the Congress Theatre Box Office on 01323 412000 or for more information visit www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk .
28 September, 2004

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