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Next month’s Fizz Fes­ti­val Cheshire will move to a new venue for the first time in four years. Or­gan­iser Janet Har­ri­son has cho­sen The Court­house in Knutsford, partly for prac­ti­cal rea­sons, but also for the back­drop of the el­e­gant for­mer court build­ing.

‘We are so look­ing for­ward to the event and our pro­duc­ers and sup­pli­ers are equally ex­cited, said Janet, from Dids­bury.

‘The Fizz Fes­ti­val has al­ways been about dis­cov­er­ing and cham­pi­oning pro­duc­ers of top qual­ity Cham­pagne and sparkling wine from around the world. This pro­ducer-led fo­cus sets it apart from the many Pros­ecco events ap­pear­ing all over the UK,’ she said.

Sup­pli­ers are hand-picked to bring vis­i­tors the best range of grower-pro­ducer Cham­pagne, and un­usual hard to find sparkling wines. They do have some ex­cep­tional Pros­ecco, never fear, but it is un­likely that it is some­thing you can pick up at a su­per­mar­ket.

Vis­i­tors pay a £25 ticket price (dis­counts for groups) which in­cludes a tast­ing of ev­ery­thing at the fes­ti­val. Vis­i­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to talk to the pro­ducer, dis­cover how wines are made and buy them by the bot­tle or the case, at a dis­count.

This year’s event on the week­end of No­vem­ber 17th -18th will in­clude a new award cat­e­gory named ‘out of the or­di­nary’. This will cover unique fizz with nat­u­ral colour­ings and flavours, fizz friendly liqueurs and spir­its. The or­gan­is­ers will wel­come back some amaz­ing sup­pli­ers from last year, in­clud­ing the win­ner of the Best Cham­pagne Award: Esprit­decham­pagne with Cham­pagne Jac­ques Cha­put L’au­then­tic. .

A pioneer­ing young Cré­mant pro­ducer from Al­sace will also be mak­ing the jour­ney. Janet met Franck dur­ing a trip to the re­gion and loved the qual­ity of his sparkling wines. As English sparkling wine is gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, no less than three English wine pro­duc­ers from Sus­sex and Devon will be tak­ing part.

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