Cider, Cheese & Steam at the East Somerset Railway
Lin Adams of Barber`s Farmhouse Cheesemakers sets out produce at the start of a second busy day.
Credit: Graham Maynard, Sun 27th April 2008
Come and find out what Somerset is best known for at a special event at the East Somerset Railway next week. The Cider, Cheese & Steam weekend brings together a wide variety of local producers (both big and small) together with a ride on a steam train - the perfect combination! The event on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June features tastings of both cider and cheese along with the opportunity to treat yourself and take some home for later. Cheese producers attending the event include Barbers at Maryland Farm and Daisy & Co. Cider-makers range from small independent companies through to the large operation at Gaymers in nearby Shepton Mallet. In addition, the Somerset Beekeepers (Frome Divison) will be visiting with their portable beehive giving people the chance to see "up-close" how honey is made. The event promises to be an excellent showcase of local produce. Mark Simmons, the railway's Marketing Manager said, "following the success of last year's event we are repeating our Cider and Cheese weekend. Personally I'm really looking forward to the event as cider and cheese are two of my favourite foods! Many heritage railways organise Real Ale weekends but Somerset is renowned for cider and cheese so we feel we should promote what's on our doorstep". The event runs on both days from 11am with trains departing throughout the day with the last one leaving at 3.30pm. Additionally Saturday 6th June sees the formal opening of a new miniature railway at the East Somerset Railway. Bob Symes and his wife Sheila will perform the ceremony at 14:00. Ticket Prices are:- Adult £8.50 Child £6.50 (Aged 3 to 16 years) Senior £7.50 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £25.00
News item added on 26th May 2009, by Mark Simmons
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