Sunderland launches first Cider and Sausage festival

Paul Amundsen, Sean D Barrington and Gerrard Harvey are gearing up for the Sausages and Cider Festival this weekend at Ashbrooke Sports Ground.

Paul Amundsen, Sean D Barrington and Gerrard Harvey are gearing up for the Sausages and Cider Festival this weekend at Ashbrooke Sports Ground.

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BANGERS and booze are the order of the day at a new city celebration.

Ashbrooke Sports Club is gearing up to host its first Cider and Sausage Festival this weekend.

A specially-made sausage, the Ashbrooke banger, will be served alongside nine other meaty treats, 30 ciders and perries, wine-tasting and folk music.

It is the latest non-sporting event held at the club, which is marking its 125th year, as it turns around its once-ailing fortunes with the help of events including the Split Festival and its annual beer festival.

Clubhouse manager Paul Amundsen said of the latest addition to its events programme: “The guy who supplies our real ales said these festivals are really popular all over the country and suggested we try it. Cider is always very popular at our beer festival and we thought it could offer something a bit different.

“It’s a bit of a stab in the dark and will probably be something fairly simple at first, but we’re hoping it will grow.”

The cider sessions, which will serve sausages from Dave Hodgson Butchers, will run tomorrow from 6pm to 10pm and on Saturday from 2pm to 9.30pm.

Entry is £5 and includes a drink and an Ashbrooke banger, which is made of date, pimento and curry, which are black, red and yellow – the club’s colours.

Other sausage flavours include traditional beef, butchers pork, beef and tomato, pork and leek, murguez from North African, boerewors from South Africa, chicken, onion and garlic, Cumberland and a vegetarian option.

Music will be provided by Keith Gregson and other folk artists.