Beer and cider festival at Hove

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The 22nd Sussex Beer & Cider Festival will be at the Hove Centre, Hove, from March 8-10.

Festival organiser Ingrid Sharp said: “Real ale continues to outperform in the UK beer market and now has a 15 per cent share. To cope with the expected big demand, there will be nearly 230 beers on sale at the 22nd Sussex Beer & Cider Festival, plus a large selection of ciders, perries, country wines and British and foreign bottled beers.

“The downstairs bar has been designated as the LocAle Bar and will be selling only beers from all the breweries in Sussex.

“As record attendances are expected and to avoid disappointment on the day, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance for All sessions. The ticket price includes a souvenir programme and, for CAMRA members, beer tokens worth £2 on presentation of their membership card. For the Saturday evening, half price tickets will be available to students buying tickets at the Hove Centre on production of a Students Union card. If you look under 25 please bring ID.

Common Tongues will be the live entertainment on Saturday night in the Main Hall.

Hot, cold food plus vegetarian and vegan options will be on sale in the balcony area as well as soft drinks, teas and coffees.

“This year the festival charity will be Leo House at Home, Brighton The Hove Centre has full disabled facilities and is a short walk from Hove Station. For all enquiries call 07807 105803 or email sussexbeerfestival@yahoo.co.uk. or go to www.sussexbeerfestival.co.uk for further information.”