CONNOISSEURS of beer and cider will gather to celebrate the best of local booze for the tenth anniversary of a renowned annual festival.
This year’s Wantage Beer and Cider Festival at the Beacon civic hall will feature 28 ales, four ciders and two types of perry.
Organised by volunteers of the White Horse branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the event will run on Friday and Saturday March 13 and 14.
Most of the beers will be brewed specially for the annual festival.
Local brewers supplying tipples include the Barn Owl, Bellingers, Grove, Butts, Faringdon Brewery, The Swan, Little Ox and the Tap Social brewery in Oxford.
The bar will also be stocked with national brands such as Mosaic Pale Ale, Bond Brews, Dark Star, Hop Kettle, Potbelly and Salopian.
Those who have a refined taste for unusual ciders can sample Gwatkin Foxwelp, Pangvalley Midway, Mates Jackdaw and Tutts Clump Rhubarb.
Visitors who are joining the party for the perry can enjoy Gwatkin Squeal Pig Perry and Ross Perry from Ross on Wye.
Some local breweries and cider producers will also be selling bottled drinks.
The first day of the event will see the Wantage town mayor Jim Sibbald presenting this year’s White Horse Branch Campaign for Real Ale awards.
Categories including Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year and Club of the Year.
On Friday evening punters will be entertained by local guitarist Neil Dwerryhouse, who also played at the festival last year.
On Saturday rugby fans can watch the Six Nations live on a big screen.
There will also be a quiet room for those who just want to chat and enjoy the beer.
The festival will run on Friday 11am until 11pm and Saturday 11am to 10pm.
Admission before 5pm will be £2, however CAMRA members can enjoy free entry providing they bring their membership card.
Guests who decide to join the booze afficionados at the local branch of CAMRA will receive a special welcome package of beer tokens to spend at the festival.
A thorough list of beverages will be available on www.whitehorsecamra.org.uk