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Music, food and cider ; Festival's successful formula aims to break records

October 16, 2013

YellowBrix

CELEBRATING its fifth year, the Cornish cider festival at Lostwithiel has become a cider lovers' institution and a regular fixture in the county's festival diary.

Sponsored by Cornish Orchards the festival will offer over 40 apple concoctions from artisan cider makers as well as local producers and aims to attract its biggest crowd yet.

Festival organiser Lee Cornish said: Having been established for five years, it feels like we are a real institution, attracting punters from all over the county, Devon and Somerset.

Our aim is to showcase local cider makers as well as commercial producers that have providence and use traditional methods.

The festival's successful formula of music, food and gallons of local cider is certain to get our birthday celebrations off to a flying start.

Following on from last year's successful competition, the Cornish Orchards' perceptual trophy will be once again presented to the best amateur cider entered on the day.

Festival co-organiser Rupert Warwick said: As well as being a great event, the Cornish Cider Festival is about encouraging people to take an interest in cider making and having a go themselves and it was amazing to taste the range of ciders entered last year.

As always we have the cider press available for people to make juice and create cider for next year's contest.

Music plays a crucial role in the festival and headlining will be Plymouth and Lostwithielbased The Retro Gents who play a combination of originals and covers - everything from gypsy jazz to rockabilly. Lostwithiel's first supergroup Lieutenant Dan will also be making a rare appearance combining some of the best musical talent in town to produce an irresistible mix of danceable tunes.

Of course no festival would be without some wood-fired pizza - supplied by Lostwithiel's KernowForno, who will set up shop outside for alfresco delights.

After a series of soggy summers, this year's sunshine and gentle rain has seen a return of a decent apple crop much to the delight of cider makers.

Doctor of apples and festival co-organiser Dr Andrew Ormerod said: Apples and cider have a disproportionate impact on the countryside in terms of orchards and employment, so it's great news that crops are up on last year and that this most English of drinks is celebrated in the heart of Cornish cider-land here in Loswithiel.

The Cornish Cider Festival celebrates grass roots cider making, craft and provenance but also embraces larger producers whose cider making is traditional and has a sense of identity and place. Above all the Cornish Cider Festival aims to give people the opportunity to enjoy and get excited about this wonderful regional product in all its variations, varieties, strengths, colours and smells.

When Saturday, noon till 10.30pm Where Lostwithiel Community Centre, PL22 0HA Price Pounds 7 entry

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