We’re definitely here for the beer!

Charley Burgess at the Eastbourne Beer Festival
Charley Burgess at the Eastbourne Beer Festival

Festival fans are being invited to smile for the camera for the chance to win guest passes to the popular Eastbourne Beer Festival when it returns to the Winter Garden this weekend (October 4-6).

An official Beer Fest photographer will be snapping groups enjoying the wide selection of real ales, ciders, perries and fine wines throughout the event to share on the Visit Eastbourne facebook page.

Visitors who agree to have their photos taken will have the chance to tag themselves in the photos on the Visit Eastbourne facebook page for the chance to win four guest passes to next year’s event.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for tourism Cllr Neil Stanley said, “This is the ultimate weekend for tantalising your tastebuds and along with some fantastic musical talent and a great atmosphere, it’s an event not to be missed – and a perfect photo opportunity.

“Tickets have already sold out for Friday and Saturday night, but there are still a few available for Thursday night and Saturday afternoon – although they won’t be there for long.”

The festival promises more than 150 real cask ales from festival favourite the ‘Star of Eastbourne’ to local Beachy Head brew the ‘Legless Rambler’. Drinkers can sample the autumn berry hints of ‘Wildcat’, the light dry hopped ‘Plucking Pheasant’ and the hoppy finish of ‘Wobbly Bob’ along with the deep ruby ‘Grumpy Guvnor’, deep malty ‘Dark Side of the Moose’ and the strong Scottish ‘Skull Splitter’.

With bottled beers from around the world and traditional pub games on offer, live bands also provide a packed programme of entertainment across two music stages, including MelodiKa, Howlin’ Blues.

Joel White, Dirty Martini Swing Band, Ska’d for Life, Marcella, Band of Two, Pocketsize, Martyn Wong and the Soul Searcherz, Stray Dogs and the return of festival favourite Beve and the Beatroots.

There is also plenty of pub grub for sale.

Four charities are assisting with volunteers at this year’s event including the Tuesday O’Hara Fund, East Sussex Foster Care Association, Cruse Bereavement Care and the JPK Sussex Project.

Tickets are still available for Thursday 6pm to 11pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm, call 412000.