IN JUST its second year, Sutton's Cider Festival is quickly becoming one of the Granite Belt's sweetest tourist destinations.

People from all over the state will flock to Sutton's Juice Factory and Cidery this weekend to experience just how much fun can be had with apples.

Owners Ros and David Sutton have a passion for producing only the finest food and drink which can be derived from apples and are delighted to be able to share their experience with locals and tourists alike.

"Our whole focus is around the apple and how we can use them to do things differently," Mrs Sutton said.

"Everything we do here is natural and as it was meant to be."

Through the festival, the Sutton's are opening the doors of their passion to the wider community.

Activities on the day include a cider making demonstration, an apple brandy distillation talk, apple picking, guess the apple juice variety competition and even a photography competition.

Entries are still open for the photography competition and the winning snaps will be displayed on the afternoon.

"Apples are a pretty amazing thing," Mr Sutton said. "We've made apple syrup for pancakes and ice cream and chefs love to use it in pork dishes."

Guests will be treated to four courses of gourmet food centred on apples, including soups with apple and walnut bread, a buffet spit-roast with roasted apples and Sutton's condiments, and Sutton's famous warm apple pie for dessert.

Guests will be among the first people to trial the Sutton's tasty new Geoff apples, named after the person at Applethorpe DPI who nursed them to maturity. Brisbane band Blonde Chocolate return for their second year to entertain guests at the festival and are renowned for getting the crowd on their feet and dancing.

To get involved in what is sure to be a fun-filled afternoon with delicious food, beverages and entertainment, visit www.suttonsfarm.com.au or phone Ros and David Sutton on 46852464.

The festival has hired buses to transport people to and from Stanthorpe and surrounding areas, so be sure to call the factory to book a seat.

Cider Festival

Where: Sutton's Juice, 10 Halloran Dr, Thulimbah.

When: Saturday, May 23.

Time: 2.3-8.30pm.

Cost: $120pp (All inclusive food, and drinks plus activities).

Transport: Phone Sutton's on 4685 2464 for bus pick-up times.

Tickets and info: www.suttonsfarm.com.au or visit the factory.

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