Hillside Cider and Sausage Festival

The Hillside Cider and Sausage festival was continued yesterday (Saturday) with hundreds of people attending and basking in the glorious summer sunshine.  Café SixtySix laid on a barbeque and this proved extremely popular. Jane from Café SixtySix said “We were planning to hold the barbeque late into the evening but we sold every bit of food that we had and had to close early. This is the first time that we got together to run a festival so we had no idea it would be so popular. We will be better prepared next year.”

Singers from the Southport Bothy Folk club provided entertainment for the evening in the Grasshopper micropub with a guitar and singing session as the revelers enjoyed the ciders. Drinkers voted for the cider of the festival and the clear winner was Lilley’s Crazy Goat a rare blend of cider and perry.

Prices were discounted for members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and this proved popular with members travelling from Liverpool, Wigan, the Wirral and St Helens to try the ciders. Application forms to join CAMRA are available at the Grasshopper and applicants will benefit from the discounts immediately.  Dave, a long standing member of CAMRA said “I am going to London next week for the Great British Beer Festival and if I enjoy it as much as this then I will be very pleased.”

The festival continues today at the Grasshopper micropub and drinkers will get a chance to try the cider of the festival and over a dozen other ciders. On past form some impromptu entertainment can be expected.

Entry is free and the festival will close at 10pm tonight.


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