Date: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 15:50

The Eden Project’s beer festival is to return for its second year on Saturday October 4 with a line-up of top tipples from around the UK.

The festival is part of a week dedicated to drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

The week rounds off Eden’s Harvest festival, which started on September 6 and has featured a collection of top celebrity chefs. A weekend dedicated to chillis starts on Saturday (September 20) and a week-long festival of baobab, the delicious African superfruit, runs from September 22-28.

The beer festival will feature a roster of dozens of speciality beers from all around the UK. There will also be 20 varieties of cider to try. The festival is being run in partnership with St. Austell Brewery who have helped Eden come up with a varied list of drinks to suit every palette.

Included in the beer line-up will be a unique golden ale concocted by St. Austell Brewery’s master brewers from ingredients grown at Eden.

The recipe includes first gold hops grown at Eden, the first batch of wild honey collected from the project’s bees and Eden-grown alecost (a minty herb). Eden is running a competition on Facebook to name this tasty new brew, to enter visit www.facebook.com/theedenproject before midnight on Tuesday September 23.

The new beer will debut at Eden’s beer festival and will also appear at St. Austell Brewery’s Celtic Beer Festival on Saturday November 22.

Eden will once again be teaming up with Tywardreath Butchers who have created a German-style sausage for the beer festival flavoured with St. Austell Brewery’s Cornish Bock. This will be on sale during the evening as part of a menu created especially for the evening.

The Eden beer festival falls within Cask Ale Week, the national celebration of real ale, which takes place between September 25 and October 5.

There will be a full programme of live music and entertainment, the details of which will be announced soon.

The beer festival is part of a week celebrating beer, wine and cider as well as tea and coffee. On Monday September 29 and Tuesday September 30, Pukka Teas will be hosting herbal tea tastings and on Wednesday October 1 Origin Coffee will be running coffee tastings.

Eden’s narration team will be pressing apples from the project’s own orchards on Thursday October 2 and there will also be cider talks and tastings. On Friday October 3, BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen wine expert Susy Atkins will be hosting wine tastings.

Emma Hogg, Eden’s programme producer, said: “Our beer festival was a roaring success last year and we’ve worked hard with our partners at St. Austell Brewery to come up with an even better list of top tipples to make this year’s festival the biggest and best yet.”

Andrew Holden, Eden’s procurement director, said: “We’d like to thank Roger Ryman, Rob Orton and the brewing team at St. Austell Brewery for creating a fabulous new honey beer for the festival.”

Tickets to the beer festival cost £10. To see a full list of beers that will be available or to book tickets, visit www.edenproject.com/beer-festival. All other events for Eden’s Harvest festival are included in the standard Eden admission price.