Ap­ples in their truly scrump­tious form as cider take cen­tre stage at Brog­dale this week­end, as What’s On brings you all the lat­est food and drink news from across the county

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Brog­dale rolls up its barn doors for bar­rels of scrump­tious cider this week­end at its an­nual cider fes­ti­val.

Lo­cal pro­duc­ers of ar­ti­san and spe­cial­ist cider and perry will be pop­ping by for vis­i­tors to get a taste of what they of­fer. Pro­duc­ers from across the county in­clud­ing Ken­tish Pip, Turn­ers, Kent Cider Com­pany, Bid­den­den’s and Dud­das Tun will be there, along with Tid­dly Pomme, res­i­dent ar­ti­san cider pro­duc­ers, us­ing Brog­dale’s own ap­ples from the Na­tional Fruit Col­lec­tion, in their Woolly Pig. The Cider Barn will of­fer more than 50 ciders to en­joy dur­ing the week­end, with cider sam­pling and tast­ing avail­able all day, from lighter sparkling to fiery gin­ger flavours to clas­sics made with tra­di­tional Cox and Bram­ley.

Vis­i­tors can fol­low the Cider Trail to find each of the pro­duc­ers for sam­pling and scor­ing and the peo­ple’s favourite will de­ter­mine the Cider or Perry of the Fes­ti­val. Last year’s cov­eted ti­tle went to Cherry Cider from Dudda’s Tun. There will also be three stages of live mu­sic, ac­tiv­i­ties for lit­tle fes­ti­val-go­ers, eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions, kite fly­ing and cider mak­ing demon­stra­tions. Head­line acts in­clud­ing Rudy War­man and Hul­la­baloo, while the Old Coun­try Crows and Jumbo Gumbo will have vis­i­tors swing­ing their pants on the Fes­ti­val Field. En­ter­tain­ment also on of­fer in­cludes archery, pig rac­ing, wellie wang­ing and tri­fle eat­ing, while vis­i­tors feel­ing peck­ish can try a hog roast, hal­loumi burg­ers, crepes, jam­bal­aya, chur­ros and hot­dogs. Other stalls will of­fer freshly

ground cof­fee, milk­shakes and for non-cider drinkers, Prosecco or Pimms.

Lo­cal craft stalls will of­fer a range of Ken­tish pro­duce and young vis­i­tors can make wil­low wands in the craft tent, or make a kite.

Kevin Al­mond, Pete Robin­son and Mark Law­son sam­ple a brew at last year’s Brog­dale Cider Fes­ti­val

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