Malvern appoints UK’s first water sommelier

Malvern has become the first town in the UK to appoint a water sommelier.

Simon Clark is trained as a traditional sommelier and believes there is just as much need to pair water with food as there is with wine.

People don’t realise bottled waters all taste very different and Simon is a fan of Malvern water as it is one of the purest in the world and can be drunk with anything.

Simon’s first water tasting will be held on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) from 11am in Priory Park as part of The Great Malvern Water Festival.  Visitors will be tested on their knowledge to see if they know their Buxton from their Volvic.

He will be joined by hydro-mancer Harper Rudd, who was trained by a Native American tribe to tell the future using the ripples in a glass of water and will be letting visitors know what the future has in store for them.

Ced Jackson will also be offering lessons on how to divine for water and there will be a large water slide, surf simulator, children’s games from Freedom Leisure and lots more water related fun.

The festival itself runs from Friday, 29 April to Monday 2 May and is a joint project between Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Town Council, Freedom Leisure and The Malvern Spa Association.

On the Friday there will the dressing of the town’s wells throughout the day before on Saturday a health and wellbeing fair takes place in Rose Bank Gardens between 12noon and 4pm.

There will be a range of activities for people to try, demonstrations and experts will be on hand to offer advice on nutrition and all aspects of keeping healthy. A tour of the town’s wells will also be on offer and the regular arts and crafts market will take place on Abbey Road between 10am and 5pm.

On the Sunday the outdoor cinema season begins with a screening of Singin in the Rain, which has been called one of the greatest musicals of all time. Before the film starts there will be a concert by the The Film Orchestra Concert Band playing popular tunes from the film and other classic movies. Gates open at 6.30pm and tickets are available from the Malvern Theatres Box Office.

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “This will not only be four days of fun but an opportunity to celebrate an important part of the town’s history and heritage.”

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