Grand Pier to host Somerset Cider Festival

PUBLISHED: 20:00 30 May 2018

The Wurzels.

The Wurzels.

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A celebration of Somerset’s famous cider is taking place in Weston’s Grand Pier this summer.

Visitors can sample more than 20 different ciders from farms across region at the Somerset Cider Festival on June 30.

The pier is transforming its south deck into a relaxing beer garden so visitors can enjoy sipping their ciders while taking in views across Weston bay.

Somerset is also renowned for its delicious cheeses and number of producers are running stalls at the festival.

If you are not keen on cider, or you fancy something non-alcoholic, a range of apple-based cocktails will be on offer along with a selection of local apple juices.

Event co-ordinator Cat Stiles said: “For the past few years, we have run the Grand Pier Cider Festival, which has been really successful, but this year we decided to do something a bit different.

“We have such a large variety of great cider producers in Somerset, and this year we’re hoping to get ciders in stock from a range of producers around the county, hence the rebranding of the event.

“We’re also hoping to extend this local focus into the retailers joining us on the day, including local cheese and other tradesmen selling their produce at the festival in addition to the live entertainment.”

Visitors can tuck into hot food and enjoy some live entertainment at the event.

The event is free – with just the standard £1 Grand Pier entry fee to pay.

Tokens will be available from a token station on the day – they are £4 each or six for £20.

One token will buy one pint of cider.

VIP tickets are £12-15, and include free entry to the pier, an exclusive branded pint glass, a Somerset Cider Festival brochure and three drinks tokens.

On June 29, the pier is kick-starting the celebrations with a performance from The Wurzels.

For £20, cider fans can attend The Wurzels gig and receive a VIP ticket to the festival.

Cat added: “If anyone is looking to sample a true taste of Somerset, then this weekend has it all; legendary local musicians, Somerset cider and local cheese.”

For more information about the event, or to book, visit www.grandpier.co.uk

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