Fes­ti­val of kent brews

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More than 75 real ales and at least 30 ciders and per­ries will be jostling for your at­ten­tion at an an­nual beer and cider fes­ti­val this week­end. CAMRA’S East Malling Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val come to the East Malling Re­search cen­tre on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2. Or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from the Maid­stone and Mid-kent Branch of CAMRA, the Cam­paign for Real Ale, it will be the eighth year at the venue since it made its re­turn in 2010 af­ter a three-year gap.

This year there will be a fo­cus on Lo­cale brews, CAMRA’S project pro­mot­ing pubs sell­ing lo­cally-brewed real ale. Or­gan­iser Jeff Tucker said: “We can prom­ise our vis­i­tors an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of real ales and ciders, es­pe­cially from local brew­eries and pro­duc­ers. Our free shut­tle buses prove ex­tremely pop­u­lar and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing Fes­ti­val reg­u­lars as well as event new­com­ers.”

Ian Clen­nett, chair­man of the branch, said that the venue was the per­fect back­drop to what had be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture for fans of real ale and cider. “We look for­ward to a bumper at­ten­dance and great weather,” he said.

Open from 11am to 7pm, en­try is £5, and free to card-car­ry­ing CAMRA mem­bers. En­ter­tain­ment in­cludes live mu­sic from Sur Les Docks and Rep­tilia, and there will be plenty of food on of­fer.

A free fes­ti­val shut­tle bus ser­vice will run ev­ery 30 min­utes from 11am from Ayles­ford Station and hourly from West Malling from 10.50am.

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