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Sample a range of beers at Hops Festival

Mon 16 Sep 2013

Sample a range of beers at Hops Festival

This year's Hops Festival on the Isle of Wight promises to be a real treat for all those passionate about beer.

Hosted by Ventnor Botanic Garden (VBG), the four-day extravaganza is a free event that will showcase the range of products dried and brewed to make VBG's own beverages.

The fourth edition of the festival is as much of a celebration of the harvest of the crops grown on-site as it is of the continuation of the tradition to pick them by hand.

A local brewery - Yates - is responsible for brewing the hops into VBG's two signature beers, Tropic Ale and Botanic Ale.

Anyone visiting the event will have the opportunity to try these innovative drinks and purchase them for themselves or as gifts, alongside a number of other speciality beers.

VBG has announced that this year, the festival will be taking place from October 25th to 28th, giving you plenty of time to plan your trip to the island.

If you've got children coming with you, then while they won't be able to sample the drinks on offer, they will be able to learn about the benefits of homegrown foods and produce, thanks to a small market being set up at the festival demonstrating the quality of local goods.

Activities such as face painting, a drawing competition and outdoor play equipment will also be available, so you can rest assured there's just as much for the little ones to do as there is for the parents.

New for 2013, VBG is rolling out its Sponsor a Barrel project, which invites local companies and groups to sponsor a barrel for £100. In exchange, they will receive tokens to taste the beers from that barrel and all proceeds will be split between two local charities.

If you're looking for somewhere to spend a whole day, then the Hops Festival is perfect, as it runs from 10am to 6pm and parking is free.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801637916-ADNFCR

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