SheppyFest, now in its second year, is fast becoming a highlight on the area’s music schedule. With fine weather on Saturday 2nd September, a very big crowd of fans and families found their way to Sheppy’s Cider Farm outside Wellington to enjoy live acts from midday until nearly midnight, with food trucks and cider tents kept very busy. The number of tents and camper vans on the cider farm suggested that word had spread widely about the quality of the event.
During daylight hours at least the crowds camped out on hay bales, on blankets and folding chairs around the site were predominantly families, a considerable number with very small babies and young children, but by late afternoon hard-core music fans were already arriving for the later acts.
The line-up featured six live acts – Ben Maggs, FILTA, The Carnabys, Hundred Faces, and The Laylines, headlined by Hoosiers. Their hit record ‘Goodbye Mr A’ rounded off the night.
As the last local family festival before schools reopen, SheppyFest will probably be pencilled in on calendars for next year already.
Event Co-ordinator Sara-Beth Rowland said, “Thanks to all the hard work from the Sheppyfest team we welcomed over 4,000 people on to our farm for a fantastic day of great music and great cider. This was only our second year of hosting a festival and we had a fantastic turnout this year with an unprecedented number of people coming to visit the site. The weather was great and we hope that our guests enjoyed a lovely evening partying among our orchards.
“Over the years Sheppy’s Cider has been brilliantly supported by our local friends and customers so it’s good to be able to throw open our doors and welcome them in to our orchards for the day.
“We are lucky to be able to have such fantastic surroundings to host our music and cider festival here amongst 90 acres of apple orchards – you can’t get more Somerset than that.
“We’re about to go in to our busiest time of the year where we start harvesting and pressing apples to make our award-winning cider, so this is a nice moment of celebration before the madness hits.
“We hope all of our visitors enjoyed their time and will visit us again in the future.”