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Try 40 types of prosecco at Kent’s newest festival


Summer and prosecco go hand-in-hand like fish and chips. Now, Kent is getting its own prosecco and sparkling wine festival, which will feature more than 40 different varieties of bubbly.

On August 3rd and 4th, fans of the fizzy stuff will descend on Canterbury to try Champagne and English sparkling wine. Three sessions will be hosted at Westgate Hall and the organisers are confident it will be a popular event.

Visitors will exchange their tickets for a wristband and prosecco flute to fill, quaff and fill again. The first taster will be on the house, but there will be plenty of others to choose from, with wineries from all over the world represented.

The venue for the Canterbury Prosecco Festival will be Westgate Hall, which is over 100 years old and has had many uses over the years. It was a military drill hall in the World War I and used as a hospital in World War II.

Since 2009, Westgate Hall has been threatened with closure, but there have been efforts by the community to keep it open. Events, such as the prosecco festival, are a way to ensure that it continues to stay open and be used by the people of Canterbury.

The festival will give bubbly lovers a chance to learn more about sparkling wine, with a schedule of talks and presentations. These will be run by producers and sommeliers, helping to tell the story of how prosecco ends up in the glass and the flavours that can be enjoyed once it’s there.

To mix things up a bit, there will be cocktails made with sparkling wine and plenty of other refreshments. Street food stands will ensure nobody goes hungry and live music and DJs have been lined up for each of the four-and-a-half hour sessions.

Session one will run on the Friday from 6pm, while sessions two and three will be held on the Saturday at 1pm and 6.30pm respectively.

Anyone interested in attending the festival should make sure they purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. They are priced between £10 and £15 and can be obtained from the event’s website.

To take full advantage of the prosecco festival you won’t want any of your party to be the designated driver. Hire a coach instead and everyone will be able to let their hair down.

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