The hop harvest season starts in September and plenty of celebrations are planned.  Of course, the opportunity for beer lovers to sample many varieties will be available!  Kent has grown hops since the 16th century and around 50% of the UK’s total crop still comes from the county.

Faversham Hop Festival

You cannot beat the Faversham Hop Festival to kick off the harvest season.  Thousands of beer lovers visit the festival which is an annual event.  It is always popular and runs from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th September.

Faversham is an attractive market town and comes alive over the celebration weekend.  Join like-minded souls and enjoy live music, hop-focused brewery tours, and great family entertainment.

Find out more at www.favershamhopfestival.org

Why not experience hop picking at Kent Life?

Families can enjoy the Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival at Kent Life farm.  Visitors can discover how Kentish beer was made in days gone by. The annual festival takes place on 12th and 13th September and shows how the old-fashioned beer-making process evolved from picking to drying the hops.  Live music will set the scene and children can join in with many fun activities around the farm. 

To find out more about this fun event,visit  www.kentlife.org.uk

Ales and rails

Finally, the hops season will come to an end and a great way to celebrate is to visit the Spa Valley Railway for the 5th Annual CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival & Autumn Diesel Gala.  This event runs from 23rd to 25th October. 

Guests can jump on a train and enjoy the ride whilst partaking in their choice of ale or cider.  There will be a huge section of around 90 ales and 25 ciders to pick from.

Further information is available at:

www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk