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Sutton’s Cider Festival comes to Stanthorpe

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It seems everyone in Brisbane is celebrating craft beer at the moment but what about poor, overlooked cider?  Well, Stanthorpe cidery Sutton’s refuses to let cider be relegated to a small corner of the craft beer menu, holding Queensland’s first cider festival to celebrate the beverage for its contribution to bars and backyard bbqs everywhere. Taking place against a backdrop of autumn leaves in Suttons apple orchards, the festival will be a one day event held on May 18 from 11am to 4pm with food, music and of course, cider. One of the owners of the orchard and cidery, David Sutton himself, will be on hand to explain the cider-making process and both of Sutton’s dry and semi-sweet ciders will be up for tasting, alongside their apple juice, mulled apple cider and mulled apple juice. Even the grub will be cider inspired.  A pork spit roast, pork and fennel sausages with Sutton’s apple sauce and chutney and lots more locally grown food will be provided for lunch and be followed by Sutton’s famous apple pie and spiced cider ice cream. We think it’s worth the trip just for that ice cream! If you need a bit more incentive though, Brisbane band Blonde Chocolate will be there providing tunes. If you love cider but perhaps not enough to make the drive, there’s enough to do in Stanthorpe to make a whole weekend of it.  Visit the area’s wineries or pick up some local port perhaps (just don’t tell Dave)? Brave the cold to hike Bald Rock or the pyramids at Girraween National Park? Or maybe just pop into the Big Apple for an obligatory selfie. If you do stay in Stanthorpe, you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus making trips between Sutton’s Farm and the town hotels (meaning you can try a bit more of Sutton’s award winning ciders). Visit the Sutton’s Farm website for more info and tickets. Words by Ranyhyn Akui