The 2017 Adstocktoberfest was a roaring success, raising £1720 for Afghanaid’s vital projects for the poorest families in the remotest parts of Afghanistan.
The day started at 1000 with a steady flow of apples coming in from the neighbourhood for Nick Kelly and his team to transform into cider and or apple juice. An impressive amount was made and thank you so much to Nick and all the volunteers/vonuntolds who helped out and also to Rose from Afganaid who became the bouncer on the doors for the day along with Elaine Townley and Corinne Randall.
A good ammount of entries were put forward for the Adstockistan Fruit cup and Andy Judge (the judge), who came up especially from the Thatch to taste them all was impressed with the overall quality (not sure what that says about the Pub). The cup was eventually won by Farokh Khorooshi for his very tasty elderflower infused cider, with David Grainge, Alison Walker and Paul Isted also picking up prizes of pakols (Afghan hats).
Once the Judging was over the professionally made beer, wine and cider was cracked open, the hog roast was served and the music started. We were lucky enough to have 3 bands, all with strong Adstock connections. The first was a yet to be named conglomerate of musicians (combining Agog, the Lovely Jubilees and others), all from the village giving their rendition of a few (mainly old) Rock ‘n Roll numbers and they then handed the baton over to Shakedown, led by David Toone on bass from the village and thank you so much to them for really giving the party a kick and got everybody up and dancing.
Finally and back by popular demand were last year’s turn, the Blackouts, led by Paul Paling from the Manor and Myles Nottage (head of Rock and Pop at Stowe). Again, they did not disappoint and rounded the day off to an excellent crescendo.
Thank you so much to all who played a part in this success – the cider makers, all that helped with the food and drink, door keepers and the wonderful musicians. You all gave your time and skills to an excellent cause and we hope to see you all again next year – 13 October – save it in your diaries!!