Festival goers were in full party mode in Winkleigh on last month as Samâ€™s Cider held their annual Cider Festival after having to postpone the event last year. Â
As one of the first festivals to take place in the north of the county since pandemic restrictions were lifted, the party spirit was in full flow as nearly 500 people attended the Torridge event.Â
Embracing the chance to dance the night away for the first time in a long time, the audience were treated to music by Devon band Reckless. Open sided marquess provided the outdoor festival feel whilst offering some under cover weather protection.
Festival goer, Edward Knight, said: â€œThis was a fantastic, well organised event that bought the local community back together. For many this was the first-time people had been on a night out since the beginning of the pandemic and because of the brilliant organisation and consideration by the team at Samâ€™s Cider people felt safe and comfortable. It was great to see the enjoyment on everyoneâ€™s faces as they let their hair down. What an amazing night!â€ Â Â
The organisers, who own The Winkleigh Cider Company where Samâ€™s Cider is made, were overwhelmed with the response to this yearâ€™s festival with the event selling out weeks in advance. Â Â
Kylie Beardon, Director, said: â€œWe really wanted to lift peopleâ€™s spirits following the pandemic and after having to cancel the festival last year we were determined to make this yearâ€™s festival the best yet. What an amazing night we had as Samâ€™s Cider Festival 2021 absolutely rocked! Thank you to everyone who brought the party back to Western Barn.â€Â
Dating back to 1916 and with their promise that Samâ€™s Cider is â€˜the true taste of Devon Ciderâ€™, the team at Samâ€™s Cider have truly put festivals back on the menu for 2021.Â
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