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THE ULTIMATE SOMERSET CHEESE & CIDER SHOWCASE RETURNS

Somerset Cheese, Cider and Moozic Fest’
21st – 22nd June 2014

Lauded as the ‘not be missed pre-Glastonbury Somerset spree’ by Chris Evans and Radio 2 last year, the Somerset Cheese, Cider & Moozic Fest’ is back next week just days before the world’s leading music festival.

Attracting cheese & cider connoisseurs from across the land in search of Somerset’s finest nibbles and tipples, a brand new venue at the home of Somerset cheddar, Cricketer Farm [map], and an additional day for yet more Somerset flavoured shenanigans has ensured UK wide interest in only its third year.

In particular, the new multi-day Big Weekender experience, which has now sold out, kicks off on Friday 20th June where 50 lucky people will join the Cheese & Cider Fest’ Steam Express aboard the West Somerset Steam Railway. Steaming through Somerset’s most stunning landscapes, they’ll enjoy over 3 hours of cheese and cider tastings as they make their way from Crowcombe to Minehead and back.

The main Fest’ though begins at 1.30pm on Saturday 21st June, with attendees dropped off at the Fest’ gates by the Massey Ferguson Tractor Safari for a true West Country taxi ride. Gates open at 1.30pm where the first band will get things rocking alongside Cheese and cider making lessons and talks from the producers. An international line up of bands will then take revellers through ‘til late as they feast on more than 30 different Somerset cheese varieties matched by over 60 Somerset ciders, guaranteeing the perfect Glastonbury warm-up without the mud and queues!

A bit of Scrumpy & Western from the Mangled Wurzels should go down well, while Americans Rodney Branigan & Tim Snider will wow the crowds with their Fiddle playing and Rodney’s talent for playing multiple guitars simultaneously.

Awarded the ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the 2013 South West Music Awards, Sound of the Sirens will bring their unique blend of melody and harmony to the Fest’, with Wille & The Bandits’ huge sound likely to get things really rocking. The UKs number one Britpop tribute act The Britpop Collective will help the crowds relive the glory days of the 90s before Joey the Lips finish things off nicely as one of the country’s funkiest 10 piece bands.

Families are also in for a treat thanks to the new Cheeky Cow Children’s Corner, where art and crafts, butter making and plenty of fun activities and games will keep the little ones entertained. Cricketer Farm’s very own Somerset dairy farmers will also be on hand to show kids just how vital they and their herds are in creating rich, delicious Somerset Cheddar.

Following the Festival’s Orchard Pig Cider Pong Championship will be some cheese tossing, welly wanging, cheese shy and pub skittles to add to the fun.

Hungry revellers can tuck into Somerset sourced hog roasts, or visit Cricketer Farm’s development chef for some particularly cheesy creations, from Somerset cheesy balls to ScrumPies and Cheesy Big Fellas (a cheesy pasty they’ll never forget!).

Most of those attending last year chose to camp on-site overnight, ready for the free-entry Sunday Slowdown Farmers Market & Craft Fair. Returning this year from 10.30am on Sunday 22nd June, this free-entry market will be packed full of the perfect Fest’ and Somerset mementos and allowing people to meet the producers behind the products. Add a touch of live music, a great atmosphere plus, of course, more cheese and cider and it’ll make for a perfect Sunday in the Quantock Hills!

According to Fest’ founder and Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons, there is already a huge thirst for the Fest’ from people far and wide.

“Saturday remains the perfect day to enjoy all that is great about Somerset’s produce, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to add a day and take people on a Somerset cheese and cider journey like no other. People from as far afield as London, Wales and even Northumberland are travelling down for the weekend…proof if ever it was needed that there aren’t many things better in life than cheese and cider among Somerset’s landscapes!”

This year’s Fest’ will be donating all profits to the Somerset Levels Relief Fund to help dairy farmers, producers and Somerset businesses recover from the recent floods, with Massey Ferguson and Red Tractor Assurance helping further strengthen the Festival’s main aim of supporting British farmers and producers.

“This promises to be a fantastically fun celebration of British produce and is a great reminder that supporting local farmers is crucial, especially in times of hardship” Lindsay Haddon from Massey Ferguson told us, while Georgina Park from Red Tractor confirmed that, “As a Red Tractor assured producer, Cricketer Farm should be commended for their support of Somerset produce in all its forms and the country’s dairy farmers, without whom we would not have world beating British cheese!”

Saturday 21st June Fest’ tickets can be purchased from www.somersetcheesecidermoozicfest.co.uk. Saturday Fest’ tickets are £20pp and the Family Fest’ Pass just £50 for 2 adults + 2 kids (or £8 for children over 5yrs). On-site camping and caravanning are start from £10 and donations to the Somerset Levels Relief Fund can be made via the website and during the Fest’ itself. The Sunday Slowdown Farmers Market & Craft Fair on Sunday 22nd June is free entry for everyone, whether Saturday fest’ attendees or not.

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