THE annual Booze on the Ouse beer festival is back with more exotic beers and real ales to tempt the taste buds. Booze on the Ouse is organised by the Huntingdonshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ales (CAMRA) and will take place from March 18-20 at the

THE annual Booze on the Ouse beer festival is back with more exotic beers and real ales to tempt the taste buds.

Booze on the Ouse is organised by the Huntingdonshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ales (CAMRA) and will take place from March 18-20 at the Priory Centre in St Neots.

A range of over 50 draught real ales and ciders has been ordered including Elland 1872 Porter, judged CAMRA's Champion Winter Beer of Britain in Manchester in January.

The festival will feature more than 30 real ales from East Anglian breweries, including Cambridgeshire brewers Elgoods, Son of Sid, Milton, Cambridge and Moonshine, Oakham.

Customers at Booze on the Ouse will be able to drink from a selection of real cask milds, bitters, golden ales, porters, stouts, old ales, barley wine, wheat beers and lagers. For those more adventurous types there will be a range of speciality real ales flavoured with ingredients such as ginger, raspberries, and honey. There will also be a range of Cambridgeshire real draught ciders and foreign beers.

The event aims to promote real ales and was first launched more then a decade ago. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended over the course of the festival. Families are welcome until 8pm each day. A variety of hot and cold food will be on offer and free soft drinks will be available for designated drivers.

Festival organiser, Andy Shaw, who lives in Eaton Socon, said: "We are very happy to be returning to the Priory Centre for the fifth event we have held there. The festival, with its wide range of good local real ales, aims to encourage Huntingdonshire's pubs to stock them, and beer lovers to seek out these ales in their community pubs. A superb range of local ales is available and the pub trade can improve its green credentials by ordering them."

The Hunts Post has teamed up with CAMRA to give away three pairs of tickets to the festival and beer sample vouchers.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us how many real ales from East Anglian breweries will be feature at the festival.

Send your answer on a postcard or sealed envelope, with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: Booze on the Ouse competition, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.

Entries should reach us by Friday, March 12.

Usual Archant rules apply.

INFORMATION: Open on March 18, 5pm-10.45pm, March 19, noon-10.45pm and March 20, noon-10.45pm. Entry before 7pm is £1 or after 7pm is £2 on March 18, £3 on March 19 and £1 on March 20. No entry or re-admission after 10.30pm. Free entry to CAMRA members. www.huntscamra.org.uk/festivals