Hampshire OctoberFest is fast approaching for the events on September 16 and 17 at Basingstoke Sports and Social Club.

Beer suppliers for the event, chosen by North Hampshire CAMRA, are aiming to support and showcase some of the wealth of small breweries after a tough couple of years.  

A list of all the breweries are on the Hampshire OctoberFest website, with more detail on the individual beers being added over the coming days and weeks.

The range is extensive with more craft beers than ever before, alongside the traditional real ales, and 25 ciders – from full throttle scrumpy to the tasty fruit ciders. As well the beers and ciders, there is a range of still or sparkling wine and local gin from Caviste.

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There are also a range of low and no-alcohol drinks available – from Skinny Dog low alcohol real ale to a classy Conker Bowser and Tonic. Street food options range from traditional German Bratwurst to home grown fish and chips and Yorkshire puddings as well as pizza, Thai and Greek food offerings.

The music programme features lots of local bands and upcoming talent all compered by Riley K on Friday and Chris Holden and Max Toogood on Saturday.

Headliner for Friday night is Johnny Marvel’s Blues Groove, and Skangsters on Saturday, both familiar faces at the Hampshire OctoberFest. A full list of all the bands playing at the event is on the Hampshire OctoberFest website.

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Felicity Edwards, from Destination Basingstoke, said: “Whatever you drink, whatever your music taste, it will be a weekend to enjoy getting together again, enjoying the atmosphere and celebrating some of the better things in life in our part of Hampshire. It is a big event for a small organisation like Destination Basingstoke to take on during these uncertain times, but we are determined to remind people what a great place this is, and we hope the community will support us and come along.”

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Alix Laflin, marketing manager for Vistry Thames Valley, said: “Hampshire OctoberFest is a great opportunity for people from across the county to get together and enjoy locally produced ales, fine food and live music in a friendly and welcoming environment. We have established a good relationship with Destination Basingstoke, having previously sponsored their Hampshire Hogs sculpture trail and the Basingstoke Half Marathon. We’re extremely pleased to be building on that relationship by supporting OctoberFest and we hope the event proves to be a massive success.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought online in advance only and this year the event will go cashless – so bar payments will be by card only to help speed up service.

Tickets available at www.hampshireoctoberfest.co.uk.