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Picker's party will add to Hop Festival frolics
9:30pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
FANS of food, beer and music will be hopping to it for the Bromyard Hop Festival on Saturday, August 31.
The event, which attracted about 3,000 people last year, takes over the town green and the Market Square, as well as the town centre, as it stages events throughout the day.
And as townsfolk prepare for the day, for the first time a Hop Picker’s Party will take place on the evening before, offering visitors the chance to sample a range of local beers and cheeses selected especially to match each brew.
Hop Festival chairman Ian Raven said: “This is another unique element we’re adding to the festival.
“All the beers featured are locally-brewed from Herefordshire hops, and each beer has been paired by experts with the locallymade cheese whose flavour suits it the most.”
Chris Gooch, from the Teme Valley Brewery, will be on hand to guide visitors through the subtleties of matching the flavours.
Music will come from the Stoned Cherries and the evening gets under way at 7.30pm at the Falcon Hotel.
For more information and to buy tickets, costing £7.50, call 01885 483034.
The main event gets under way from 10am the following day, with free entertainment and attractions taking over the streets.
Among them is the highlight for many, the Hop Pocket World Championship Race.
The infamous event sees teams of four carry a full ‘hop pocket’ – a sack loaded with dried hops – through the streets in a battle to see who can be the fastest.
An arts and crafts market will also run alongside the main festival in the public hall and heritage centre, showcasing the talents of artists and craftsmen from across the Bromyard area.
For more information on the festival visit bromyardhopfestival.
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