500 join the fun at town's fifth annual cider festival
THE CORNISH Cider Festival in Lostwithiel celebrated its fifth anniversary in style – having been hailed as the busiest so far.
The annual event, sponsored this year by Cornish Orchards, has become a cider lovers' institution and a regular fixture in the county's food and drink festival diary.
An estimated 500 people joined the all-day party at the Lostwithiel Community Centre on Saturday as children brought apples to be pressed and cider lovers swilled down frothy glasses of local nectar.
Visitors enjoyed around 40 different ciders and juices, including local ciders from Penpol and Haye Farm – while enjoying music by Lostwithiel-based The Retro Gents and the town's first super-group Lieutenant Dan.
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Following on from last year's popular competition, the Cornish Orchards perpetual trophy for the best amateur cider entered on the day was awarded to Tim Mason of Fowey.
Co-organisers Rupert Warwick and Lee Cornish were delighted with the response after working to make the fifth anniversary festival the biggest and best yet.
"Having been established for five years, it feels like we are a real institution, attracting punters from all over the county, Devon and Somerset," Mr Cornish said.
"Our aim is to showcase local cider makers as well as commercial producers that have providence and use traditional methods."
Mr Warwick hopes to make next year's festival even more successful and will continue to work on improving the event.
"It was the best year yet and hopefully we will go on to have an even better one next year by having more music and more stalls," he said.
"The music was very popular, as were the cider cocktails and wood-fired pizza, which was supplied by Lostwithiel's KernowForno.
"Thanks go to Cornish Orchards for sponsoring the event and to Andrew Omerod for providing help and advice in organising the event with us."