The idea of the Honiton Sausage and Cider Festival arose whilst discussing fund raising between Daniel Lavery, the Chief Executive Officer of Devon Freewheelers and the Mayor of Honiton at that time who was David Foster.
2013 saw these plans develop into th3e biggest Sausage and Cider event the county had ever seen with their first event selling out completely to 5000 people, weeks before the gates even opened. The first event wasn’t without its teething problems but all in all, everyone has a truly fantastic time and approx £9000 was raised for charity in one weekend.
The then Mayor of Honiton has since moved on, pursuing his career in politics; which left Dan the question in his mind – should he do it again? Over the year, Daniel Lavery contacted every person who left feedback on the site, facebook, twitter or sent in a letter and redrafted the plans for the Sausage and Cider Festival to cater for all of the suggestions from members of the public.
It meant major changes – in fact a complete move of the venue. Observations included the need for more traders, more traders have been provided; a bigger bar, and a bigger bar has been provided; a bigger marquee because some people couldn’t see the acts – so he’s put in a massive ampitheatre stage; so much has been adapted and changed to make it the best experience for everyone who comes to support the festival and this amazing charity – Devon Freewheelers.
East Devon has so much to offer in local enterprise and business, with many worthy food and drink producers who struggle to travel to these types of events to promote their produce. The event would be staged as a charity event to support a chosen charity and support many local good causes who are in distress or in need of assistance.
What we are aiming for
The four main aims of the event that the organisers set for 2015 are:
- To see our visitors having a great time and with smiles on their faces
- To raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities
- To give local bands and performers opportunity to share their talents with everyone
- To provide local businesses a platform to show off what they have to offer.