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Celebrating beer and cider at this year's Kent County Show

Tuesday 17th May 2016

The growth of Kent’s micro-brewing and beer producing business will be showcased at this year’s county show in July.

A new beer and cider festival is being added at this year’s three-day event, along with more stands providing locally-produced food and a chance to chat to some of Kent’s most notable vendors.

Visitors will be able to explore an area dedicated to the county’s artisan producers, the Kent cookery theatre, a cheese and wine tent, as well as the popular international food marquee.

The beer and cider festival is being co-organised by The Craft Beer Man, in response to the growing popularity of food and drink among show visitors.

A spokesman said: “Their knowledge means they are in a unique position to invite some of the finest brewers and cider makers for a truly Kentish experience.”

The Kent County Show on July 8, 9 and 10 also hosts the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show, from which the winning produce is delivered to The Queen.

Tickets on the gate are £48 for a family ticket and £22 for adults. Multiday tickets cost £50 and are only available in advance.

The show, which attracted 77,000 visitors last year, opens at 8am, with gates closing at 6pm, although some food stands will stay open later.

Show manager Lucy Hegarty  said: “Every year we look at what our visitors like to experience, and each year one of the most popular activities is to explore the food we offer. 

“Last year, we looked at expanding the catering court offer, and invited more local and artisan street food producers. 

“This proved very popular and the number of people commenting on the wonderful selection and quality was heart-warming.  

“Kent is such an important county when it comes to beer and cider, and it is only right that visitors to our show can sample some of the best refreshments in the UK.”