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Harvest Cider, Beer and Music Festival in Stortford to benefit foodbank

Kevin Rowley and Dave Sparks Pic: Vikki Lince
Kevin Rowley and Dave Sparks Pic: Vikki Lince

A free beer and music festival with a conscience is being held in Bishop's Stortford on Saturday.

Bartender Philip Gordon pours a pint at the St Georges Day festival back Pic: Vikki Lince
Bartender Philip Gordon pours a pint at the St Georges Day festival back Pic: Vikki Lince

In true harvest spirit, visitors to the event at Bishop’s Stortford Community Sports Club in Cricketfield Lane are asked to take along one item of non-perishable food each for the Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank. The charity also urgently needs donations of toiletries.

The Harvest Cider, Beer and Music Festival is a joint venture between Bishop’s Stortford Music Festival organisers and the Bishop’s Stortford Community Sports Trust, which runs the sports club and whose clubhouse bar is to be included by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in its good beer guide.

The event runs from 1pm until midnight on Saturday and features ciders, real ales, a gin bar, food, family games and live music.

Festival-goers can sample seven different ciders from Baldock-based Apple Cottage Ciders. The selection includes Rapple, the best-selling beverage at Bishop’s Stortford Music Festival since 2013.

For real ale buffs, there will be nine beers from breweries in Buntingford and Tring in Hertfordshire, Saffron Walden in Essex, Cambridge, Sudbury in Suffolk and Attleborough in Norfolk.

Gin aficionados have not been forgotten. A gin bar in the marquee will offer a selection of 11 tipples – including Pinkster, Sipsmiths Lemon Drizzle, Hoxton, Haymans Old Tom and Chase Seville Orange – with accompanying mixers and garnishes.

And no festival of alcohol would be complete without a plentiful spread of grub to satisfy hungry drinkers. There will be street food stands serving burgers, hot dogs, chips, chilli con carne, waffles and churros.

Live music will be provided by acts including Hamwahs, Pocket Dust, Howlin Mojo Bones, Bish Bash talent contest winner Scarlett Thomas, Tom Dulieu, George Clarke, James White, J.E.S and Stortford Soundsystem DJs, all compered by Stortford’s top light entertainer, Dick.

There will be games around the cricket field for all the family in two sessions: 3.30pm-4.15pm and 5.45-6.30pm.

Admission is free. For further details, visit www.stortfordmusicfestival.org.uk or www.facebook.com/BishopsStortfordSportsTrust.


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