Hundreds turn out for Dedham Vale Vineyard’s sixth cider festival

The Holton family enjoying the drinks and food. (Left-right) Lynne, Nikki, John and Jonathan. Pictur

The Holton family enjoying the drinks and food. (Left-right) Lynne, Nikki, John and Jonathan. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

A cider and wine festival on the Suffolk/Essex border has been described as the best yet.

Sarah Harbord, left, and her daughter Saskia Farmer at the 'Clever Crafters' craft area at the festi

Sarah Harbord, left, and her daughter Saskia Farmer at the 'Clever Crafters' craft area at the festival. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Dedham Vale Vineyard’s cider and wine festival was held over the weekend and Tom Bunting, who owns the business, said the number of people who attended was a record-breaker.

Alex Thompson helps customers choose which drinks to go for at the festival. Picture: JAMES AGER

Alex Thompson helps customers choose which drinks to go for at the festival. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

He said: “The festival exceeded all expectations and it just seems to be getting busier and busier every year.”

Ian and Maria Jenkins from Colchester enjoy a Pink Lady Cider and a Snails Bank Cider. Picture: JAME

Ian and Maria Jenkins from Colchester enjoy a Pink Lady Cider and a Snails Bank Cider. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

It was the sixth time the festival has been held and featured live music both days, a craft and story telling area for children and more than 40 different types of ciders to try.

Enjoying a pint in the sun. Picture: JAMES AGER

Enjoying a pint in the sun. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

There were also beers from local breweries and a wine bar.

Alex Thompson pours a pint of cider. Picture: JAMES AGER

Alex Thompson pours a pint of cider. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

According to Mr Bunting, the wine bar was extremely popular and he believes that is due to an increased interest in English wine.

A record number of people attended this years festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard. Picture: JAMES AGER

A record number of people attended this years festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Mr Bunting said plans are already afoot for next year’s festival which he hopes will continue to grow in popularity..

Brothers Lewis and Nathan Tucker enjoying their drinks at the festival. Picture: JAMES AGER

Brothers Lewis and Nathan Tucker enjoying their drinks at the festival. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Local musician Jim Reynolds provided live music for the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGER

Local musician Jim Reynolds provided live music for the crowds. Picture: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

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