The weekend of the 15th June saw Ashford’s Victoria Park playing host to the Sausage and Cider festival. This event featured food stalls, beverage stands and live music, consisting of local acts and professional tribute acts.
The event was ticketed at the cost of £10 on the gate for adults, £5 for children and free for under twelves. If you booked online it was £8 for adults and £4 for children. I have read some reviews online and it seems that people weren’t happy with having to pay for entry to a public park, only to then have to pay for what they saw as over priced food and drink. One person had even written that you would be better off waiting for Create, as there is more going on and it is free.
I have to admit that my initial reaction was the same , however after a few hours of eating particularly good food, experiencing a wide range of ciders, lagers and real ales in a calm, relaxed and not over crowded atmosphere changed my mind. The prices were what you would normally expect at this type of event and in conjunction with the entrance fee could seem a little steep, but it was this (I am sure) that kept the crowds down, which lead to a great day out.
On the whole it was a well organized event and it would be great to see more of this in our town throughout the year, for example a Christmas fayre or an Oktoberfest style celebration. People are all to quick to say that nothing ever happens in Ashford, but then never support something when it does.