Festival frolics near Faversham

It’s a cliché but the showers really did nothing to dampen the spirit of festival-goers to Brogdale’s Cider Festival yesterday. 

Brogdale - Wild FoodIf anything, the event just seemed more colourful, with rain macs and wellies adding to the spirit. The Cider Barn was packed, as was new microbrewery, Mad Cat, and Jumbo Gumbo had all listeners dancing in the yard during their set.

Running on Sunday too, head to the Wild Food Tent to find foragers of note, including flower expert Lucia Stuart – her lavender lemonade is inspirational – and Michael White, who was serving up tasty mini sandwiches of freshly grilled – and filleted – pigeon.

In the Festival Field, say hello to the beautiful band of Newfoundlands, Kent’s only Chilli Farmer, and Charlote and James, with their new tea and coffee company, Toffea. 

Debbie Hickman at Cider Fest

With over 60 ciders to taste, seats were at a premium in the Cider Barn, curated by Tiddly Pomme's Debbie Hickman. Those present include the winners of the morning’s Cider Makers competition, run with the National Association of Cider Makers. The Best in Show award went to, Kentish Pip’s medium cider, from a family farm near Canterbury, while the Dry category winner was Glider Cider, created in London from locally collected apples. Check out Glider's new Crab Apple Cider, as well as its Perry. Biddenden's variety show sat opposite The Kent Cider Co's historic cider press.

“The number of artisan producers has really grown,” said Debbie Hickman. “Twelve years ago we mostly had West Country ciders. Now half are from Kent,” she said.


Brogdale Cider Festival, 10am-5pm