first cider fest is all but drunk dry
WASN'T so much 'drink up' as 'drink dry' thy cider
at a festival over the weekend.
lovers downed around 5.000 pints at the event in Bath
- prompting organisers to search for emergency supplies.
than 2,000 people attended the Pavilion's first-ever
cider festival, enjoying the music from The Mangledwurzels
tribute group and choosing from a range of 70 draught
and 12 bottled ciders.
was such a success that organiser Chris Lilley, the
Pavilion's catering manager, has already pledged to
put on another.
said: "It will definitely happen next year, we
were thinking it might be nice to be outdoors somewhere
in the summer.
has been a big upsurge in the popularity of cider
recently, Apparently it is really good for you.
has been a rise in the bottled ciders, people drink
cider in pubs more and more and then they want to
try something different.
were up and dancing and jigging to the band. It was
nice to see people enjoying themselves and shouting
for more from the band.
was an absolutely stunning event but I'm exhausted.
of the cider sold out on Friday night and Mr Lilley's
son Marc was sent on a 100-mile trip around Somerset
on Saturday to collect more.
didn't quite run out but it was a very close,"
said Mr Lilley.
was a great atmosphere and absolutely no trouble."