A pub in Kent that is aimed at cyclists is to hold its inaugural Oktoberfest this weekend, themed around beer (of course), food and last but not least bicycles.
The Freewheel Pub and Cycling Café in Graveney, near Faversham, was opened in May this year by Adrian Oliver, who is the founder of Kent-based cycle training company, CyclingAge.
Its inaugural Freewheel Oktoberfest will get under way at 10am on Saturday 17 October and continues until 11pm on Sunday evening, with part of its focus on craft beers and ciders from across the county known as the Garden of England.
The weekend, which is free to attend and will feature family entertainment as well camping facilities and as locally-sourced food, also has a very strong bike theme, as Mr Oliver explained.
“There are a number of reasons why I set up Oktoberfest. In the United States Craft Beer & Craft Bicycles is becoming increasing popular and developing hand in hand.
“This gave me the inspiration to set up the Freewheel’s own Craft Beer & Craft Bicycle festival which offers people something rather unique.
“Firstly the opportunity to taste beers which are made locally and full of flavour and secondly to make cyclists aware that they don’t have to buy mass-produced bicycles, instead they can have something a little different that is bespoke.”
Bikes and components will be on show from businesses including frame builders Timmy Rowan of Rowan Frameworks, Caren Hartley of Hartley Cycles and Felix Fried of Shed 6, while there will also be accessories available to buy.
The Freewheel Cycling Pub and Café, Head Hill Road, Graveney, Nr Faversham, Kent ME13 9DE Tel: 01795 538143
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.