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Team behind new Jersey beer festival promise barrels of fun

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A NEW beer and cider festival is to be held in the People’s Park this year.

Jersey Beer and Cider Festival organisers Julie Settle, a director of EC Events, Pat Dean, Liberation Brewery head brewer, and Tim Hubert, Liberation’s managing director Picture: ROB CURRIE (20357347)

The festival, managed by EC Events in collaboration with the Jersey Evening Post and Liberation Brewery, is to take place over three days from 14 to 16 September.

It is to feature dozens of beers from both Jersey and the UK as well as ciders, food stalls and gin, vodka and rum bars.

The announcement will be welcomed by ale lovers, who were left disappointed when the annual CAMRA Jersey Beer and Cider Festival, which had been running since 2002, was brought to an end last year.

The organisers said they had been forced to cancel the event because of spiralling costs and diminishing returns.

This year’s festival is expected to feature a range of new additions to appeal to a broader audience. There will be a variety of stalls selling both sweet and savoury food as well as live demonstrations from local chefs, who will recommend which drinks to pair with their food.

It will also feature live music, salsa dancing and cocktail making.

Tim Hubert, managing director of Liberation Brewery and Victor Hugo, said: ‘It was a very simple decision to become involved in this. Liberation Brewery will be supplying ten or so of our own beers and we will have up to 60 imported beers from the UK – from small craft beer brewers to the big brewers.’

There will also be up to 15 ciders, including the local La Robeline and Branchage ciders, and La Rocquette cider from Guernsey.

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Julie Settle, a director of EC Events, a sister company of the JEP, said: ‘We want to attract a broad range of people – from those who love beers to those who prefer wine, gin or rum, which is the new popular drink.

‘We also want to bring more food stalls to the event and change the layout, so the bars are in the middle of the marquee.’

Entrance will cost £10, which will include a free souvenir glass and a free first drink.

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