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Bubbly to Eastbourne Beer Festival
Eastbourne Beer Festival visitors will be enjoying the best in real ale, ciders, perries and international bottled beers from 6 – 8 October, with an array of award winning wines, including the Queen’s favourite bubbly.

All part of the festival’s varied wine tasting programme, it comes hot on the heels of festival sponsor Cooden Cellar’s recent success, winning the 2005 International Wine Challenge: Small Independent Retailer of the Year and South East Regional Merchant of the Year.

The company based in Compton Street, will be demonstrating how they have achieved their award winning success with a unique and varied wine and food tasting programme, including the Queen’s favourite sparkling wine, made by UK producer Nyetimber Vineyard.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “Cooden Cellars are offering a wonderful selection of wine this year from award winning wines favoured by royalty to less conventional destinations such as Luxembourg. The food and wine sessions are also well worth a visit with the opportunity to enjoy cheeses from Covent Garden’s world renowned Neal’s Yard, and on the final evening, a celebration of all things Catalan with speciality food from Trencherman & Turner.”

Tickets are now on sale for the biggest beer festival on the South Coast, organised by Eastbourne Borough Council in partnership with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and after last year’s sell out, festival goers are advised to book in advance.

Over 120 real ales are on offer ranging from the ever popular Wobbly Bob to Granny Wouldn’t Like It, and bottled beers range across the World from New Zealand to Brazil. Live music includes jazz, blues, folk and festival favourites, the Oktoberfest style Oompah band, and drinkers can also join in traditional pub games such as Shove Ha’penny, Bar Skittles, Shuffleboard and Toad in the Hole.

The festival returns at the Winter Garden with sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoon. Entry ticket prices range from £4 to £6 in advance and £5 to £7 on the door (free for children under 16 when accompanied by an adult). A 50p discount is available for CAMRA members at all sessions and for NUS cardholders on Thursday only, and wine tasting tickets cost from £3 to £8 extra per session.

To book tickets telephone 01323 412000 or for more information visit www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk
21 September, 2005

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