Magic, noodles - and a few beets at the Long Itchington Beer Festival

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MORE than 20,000 pints of ale are waiting to be consumed by drinkers at this year’s Long Itchington Beer Festival.

And it’s not just beer that landlords are expecting to attract crowds to the village, as the four-day event will also involve magicians, Chinese noodles, hog roasts and live music - not to forget bunting to celebrate the Royal Wedding, which will take place on the first day of the festival.

Heavy horses will transport those who fancy a more relaxing way to travel from pub to pub - all six of the village’s watering holes are taking part - where people will be able to sample beers from craft and microbreweries from around the UK.

There will also be barbecues, face-painting and entertainments for all ages.

Mark Carver-Smith, who runs the Green Man in Long Itchington believes the event stands out from those in other villager. He said: “Unlike other beer festivals held in village halls or sports pavilions and selling only real ales and ciders the Long Itchington Beer Festival 2011 is a true family affair providing all the normal products sold in pubs as well as hundreds of different real ales. There is something for everybody here.”

The event runs from Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2. For more information visit www.longitchingtonbeerfestival.co.uk