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8th September 2010

A FANTASTIC ROSS CIDER FESTIVAL - ..................................

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The Broome Farm Cider Festival was yet another resounding success this year as hundreds of people came from far and wide to enjoy this fantastic annual event which is arranged by Mike Johnson and his team.

The festival began on Friday evening with a ceilidh and people of all ages packed the dance floor to follow the instructions of the band 'Porridge' who put everybody through their paces. The ceilidh is always a popular part of the festival and there was plenty of Ross Cider & Perry produce available for the dancers to quench their thirst with in between the dances.

Saturday was 'Meet the Cider Makers' day where cider and perry producers from various parts of the country set up shop in the old barn allowing people to discover the wide range of flavours they produce. Live music was performed throughout the day by Ian McCone, Clementine Lovell and many more with the evening being rounded off by the excellent Broome Cupboard Blues band and great local funk band Zang Tang.

Sunday's Farmers and Crafts market was very good, with a whole range of stalls including Seb's wonderful fresh vegetables, Toby Lovell's home reared pork, Kate Healey's photography, Gloria Neale's pottery. There were bowls and cider cups produced by wood turner, Chaz and there were beautifully made cards, jewellery, and homemade foods available.

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The Ross Cider Festival 2010 and other past cider events player.

The music on Sunday began with an open mic session with various people getting up to keep the audience entertained. Later in the afternoon, Tony Thompson and Ian McCone joined forces to perform an impromptu and unrehearsed rendition of The Keel Row, before 'Harry's Tricks' performed some brilliant, chilled out jazz numbers.

A tremendous amount of work goes into making the Broome Farm Festival the success that it always is. Hilary and John Draper of the Broome Farm B&B, Kate Bollands and the team produced some fantastic food throughout the event to keep the festival goers sustained, and a great breakfast was served each morning for those who camped for the weekend but didn't wish to cook their own. The bar was very well managed with regular staff and volunteers keeping everybody topped up with cider, perry and real ale etc and the music throughout was excellent.

It was lovely to meet up with old friends again, especially Chris and Annika from Holland who are now regular visitors to Broome Farm. We would just like to say, Mike, Phil, John, Hilary, Cindy, Gabe, Henry, Kate, Gary, Guinness, Rhi, Donna, Elspeth, John, Kate and everybody else who worked for the festival this year, thank you so very much for yet another fabulous weekend. Just a quick note to finish; due to the popularity of the Broome Farm Festival, tickets sell out well in advance of the event, so if you would like to be able to enjoy next year's festival, please contact the farm by clicking the Ross Cider link and ask to be added to their mailing list.

Miles at the window of his caravan.

Dave (Guinness) Williams mans the barbecue.

Friday night.

Our tent in the orchard.

This is the view we awoke to in the mornings.

The pressing carries on as normal.

Saturday at the festival.

Ian McCone, Nick, the soundman, Tina and Tony Thompson.

Harry's Tricks, aka the Double Felix.

Annika, Tina, Chris and Alan after the festival was over.
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