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Bromley set for rare cider festival

PUBLISHED: 11:54 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:54 26 February 2013

Julian Barrett and Geraldine Rolfe, of Bromley CAMRA and Rick Wright, Grape & Grain landlord.

Julian Barrett and Geraldine Rolfe, of Bromley CAMRA and Rick Wright, Grape & Grain landlord.

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A rare one-day festival of real cider hits the town centre next weekend.

Organised by the Bromley branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), the Mad March Cider Festival on March 9 aims to prove that cider and perry are more than just summer drinks.

Julian Barrett, of Bromley Camra, said the area was a “tough place” to promote real cider and that it was unusual to have a festival dedicated to the drink in March.

He added: “Like most British towns, it isn’t heaving with real cider drinkers. And most pubs reflect this lack of demand in the ciders they offer, usually the same unholy trinity of mass-produced fizz.

“Therefore, we are hoping to introduce real cider to the townsfolk who are really missing out here.”

The festival, sponsored by the Grape & Grain pub, in Crystal Palace, will feature at least 30 real ciders and perries from some of the best local producers in London and Kent.

It will run from noon to 11pm at the HG Wells Centre, in St Marks Road. For more information, visit bromleycamra.org.uk.

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