The Western Lawns play host to the south coast’s newest food and drink festival this month (May 24-26) as Beer and Cider by the Sea kicks off a three-day extravaganza to tantalise the taste buds.
Real ale and cider lovers can sample around 100 real ales, ciders and perries, ranging from the Sussex based Long Man and Beachy Head Breweries to regional tipples from St Austell, Adnams and many more. Also featuring the National Cider and Perry Collection, cider fans can sample some ‘Double Vision’ or a ‘Moody Old Cow’ along with entertainment from live bands on the festival stage.
To accompany the various drink samples, there will be food; starting with a hog roast from local business The Sizzling Hog Roast company offering hog baps, chicken and steak. Company owner Jim McRobert has been partnering Steve Lees at Long Man Brewery for some time and his English twist on the American ‘Ale Dog’ has been available at The Barley Mow. The festival will also offer the plain dog, the chilli dog and the New Yorker along side the Hangover Cure Dog sold on Saturday and Sunday day time sessions.
Former Masterchef winner Peter Bayless will be giving demonstrations of food and drink matched dishes on Saturday and Sunday. Or for real ale fans, discover the secrets behind the perfect brew in a tasted beer talk on Sunday from Jamie Simm, Head Brewer at Long Man Brewery. Other tasty treats include The Olive Man and Merry Berry Truffles.
Sessions run on Friday and Saturday evenings 5.30 – 10.30pm and day sessions on Saturday 10.30am – 3.30pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Tickets cost £6 on Friday and Saturday or £5 on Sunday, call 412000.
Tickets can also be purchased from The Eight Bells in Jevington and The Lamb Inn in Old Town.