Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:00

The Eden Project will be celebrating beer, wine and cider from Saturday September 28, culminating in Eden’s biggest-ever beer festival on Saturday October 5.

The fermenting fun is all part of Eden’s harvest season, which is celebrating the best of food and drink until October 13. The beer, wine and cider week is being run in partnership with St. Austell Brewery.

The week will feature talks and tastings hosted by some of the country’s top drink experts, including Sophie Atherton, who was named Beer Sommelier of the Year this year, and Susy Atkins, a wine expert who writes for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and regularly appears on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen.

Also featuring during the week will be Ali Capper, a British hop-grower, and Boak and Bailey, top Cornish beer bloggers. St. Austell Brewery’s head brewer Roger Ryman and their trade marketing manager Marc Bishop – who is also Cornwall’s first accredited beer sommelier – will also be appearing during the week.

Experts from Healey’s Cyder, Skinner’s Brewery, the Harbour Brewing Company and more will also be on hand with talks and tastings.

On Saturday October 5, Eden’s biggest ever beer festival kicks off, featuring nearly 100 beers, including The Celt Experience’s Golden, which won the gold medal in this year’s Society of Independent Brewers Wales and West Region Beer Competition. Also featuring will be Hop Back Brewery’s Taiphoon, the silver medallist in this year’s bitter category of the Great British Beer Festival, and Forge Brewery’s Discovery, the overall champion of Society of Independent Brewers south west regional competition last year.

St. Austell's Korev Brut will also be making an appearance at the festival. It is brewed stronger and re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast to make a unique and distinct version of the brewery's popular lager.

While some of the beers will be available at Eden throughout the week, many of them will be exclusive to the festival. For a full list of beers available at the festival, see www.edenproject.com/beer-festival.

The festival will also feature live music and a special menu featuring gourmet burgers and sausages inspired by the beers at the festival.

Kate Francis, Eden’s Site Wide Live Co-ordinator, said: “Come and join us for a fantastic celebration of beer, wine and cider. For those who want to learn more, we will be hosting some of the country’s top experts throughout the week for talks and tastings before the celebrations culminate in our biggest ever beer festival.

“We’re very pleased to be working with our partners at St. Austell Brewery, who have a fabulous track record in curating beer festivals and have assembled a mouth-watering line-up of beers for us.”

Breweries confirmed for the week include St. Austell, the Harbour Brewing Company, the Rebel Brewing Company, Penpont Brewery, Cornish Crown, the Hogswood Brewing Company, Atlantic Brewery, Lizard Ales, Skinners Brewery, Driftwood Spars and Tintagel Brewery.

With the exception of the beer festival on Saturday October 5, all activities are included in Eden’s admission price. The beer festival starts at 9.30am on Saturday October 5 with the bars opening at 11am. Entry to this is included in the Eden admission price until 6pm. From this point, the event requires a separate ticket which costs £10 and includes four beer tokens and a special commemorative glass. The festival runs until midnight.

To book tickets or for more information, see www.edenproject.com/beer-festival