Su­per prize is just the ticket for real ale fans

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

IT IS that time when real ale lovers again head for the Rare Breeds Cen­tre in Wood­church for some tasty treats.

The Ash­ford, Folkestone and Rom­ney Marsh branch of the Cam­paign for Real Ale will stage its an­nual beer fes­ti­val at the pic­turesque venue on Fri­day, June 1, from 6pm to 11pm; and Satur­day, June 2, from 11am to 10.30pm.

And 10 lucky read­ers can win free en­try tick­ets to make the event an even more sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Paul Meredith, chair­man of the branch, said: “We reg­u­larly have about 45-50 real ales for peo­ple to try and the one we voted for as the best last year was Rother Val­ley Blues, a win­ter ale.

“We try to get beers that peo­ple wouldn’t nor­mally see and we try to show off some of the Kent and East Sus­sex brew­ers.”

Lo­cal beers from brew­ers in Whit­stable and from Goach­ers in Maid­stone will be among those on sale.

Mr Meredith said: “I’ve ex­panded our cider range and this year we are hav­ing 16 dif­fer­ent ciders to try, as well as perry which is made from pears.

“The Rare Breeds Cen­tre pro­vide a bar­be­cue and we have got a folk band called Gumpf per­form­ing.”

Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val on Fri­day is £1 and £2 on Satur­day.

CAMRA and the Ken­tish Ex­press has a pair of en­try tick­ets to give away to the first 10 cor­rect en­tries drawn fol­low­ing the clos­ing date on Fri­day, May 25.

Each ticket win­ner will also re­ceive two sou­venir glasses and two free pints.

To stand a chance of win­ning, sim­ply an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

Where is the Kent brewer Goach­ers based? Is it: a) Ash­ford. b) Maid­stone. c) Rye. Send your an­swer on a post­card or sealed en­ve­lope with your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber to Beer Fes­ti­val Com­pe­ti­tion, Ken­tish Ex­press, 3436 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or e-mail kecompe tition@thek­m­group.co.uk or text PINTS leave a space then en­ter A, B or C, add your name and send to 81800.

Texts cost 60p plus nor­mal net­work rates.

Kent Mes­sen­ger Ltd may con­tact you with re­lated spe­cial of­fers via SMS/MMS. If you wish to opt out of re­ceiv­ing de­tails on th­ese of­fers end your mes­sage with the word EXIT. Your de­tails will not be passed on to our busi­ness part­ners for mar­ket­ing pur­poses. For qual­ity and train­ing pur­poses, we may mon­i­tor com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

1. This com­pe­ti­tion is not open to em­ploy­ees (and im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies) of the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group or any other com­pany as­so­ci­ated with it.

2. En­tries which are altered, il­leg­i­ble or not in ac­cor­dance with the rules will be dis­qual­i­fied.

3. Re­spon­si­bil­ity can­not be ac­cepted for en­tries lost or dam­aged. Proof of post­ing can­not be ac­cepted as proof of de­liv­ery.

4. The de­ci­sion of the judges, as ap­pointed by the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group, is fi­nal.

5. Only one en­try per per­son. En­trants must be aged 18 or over.

6. En­tries must be re­ceived by noon on May 25, 2007 and names of the win­ners will be pub­lished in this news­pa­per. There is no cash al­ter­na­tive to the prize.

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