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Weekend beer festival

Paphos is celebrating the barley seed, hops and malt this weekend with a festival of international brews and live entertainment.

Starting today and running until Sunday, the 7th annual Paphos Beer Festival is taking place in the harbour Castle Square with an eclectic range of beers, entertainment and events for children.

More than 100 beers, as well as 15 ciders, will be on offer.

Companies cover the gamut of big names while, for the first time, the event features several micro-breweries from Greece and premium Belgian brews. Tips on home brewing are also on the agenda.

“The microbreweries will offer advice to visitors about the ingredients and processes needed to make beer at home,” Tassos Anastasiou of organiser Mstasy Productions told The Cyprus Weekly.

“There will also be a few non-alcoholic beers available for visitors who prefer this plus beer drinking contests.”

The entertainment programme consists of live music bands, dance ensembles from Cyprus and Europe, fireworks, a 3D mapping presentation and fire shows. For kids, a specially-designated area will feature bouncy castles, clowns and face painting.

An impressive line-up of entertainment includes a spectacle of Latin dance by Christina Kambanella, a programme of electric violin music by Scevip, a flyboarding presentation and rockers Sardam.

The headlining act of the weekend is Locomondo, one of the best-known bands in Greece. The seven-member band fuses Reggae, Ska and Caribbean sounds with Greek traditional musical elements.

Tickets for August 4 and 5 are €7 presale and €10 at the gate.

On August 6 when Locomondo perform tickets are €17 presale and €20 on the gate. Entrance includes one free pint of beer and a Paphos Beer Festival collectable plastic cup. For children under 12 accompanied by an adult, entrance is free.

For more information go to the Paphos Beer Festival Facebook page.

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