Northampton cider festival will see 480pph (pints per hour) machine

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A machine that pours real cider at a record rate will be unveiled at this weekend’s Northampton Sausage and Cider Festival.

The contraption – which allows one person to pour up to 480 pints an hour – has been commissioned by festival organiser Crispin Slee, who now owns four of them.

He said: “We wanted a device which poured real cider, from a bag-in-box, cold and fast but there was nothing available on the market. So we had these machines especially designed and built.”

Each one looks like the side of a shed and has 15 taps on the front. Concealed behind the wooden façade are 15 electric pumps and two fast-chill remote coolers.

The cider is sucked out of the boxes, fed through the remote coolers and fired out of the taps on the front.

Mr Slee said: “We didn’t know what to call them until someone came up with the idea of apple cart – as they deliver them apples – and apple carts just stuck. We can’t wait to show them off in Northampton.”

Northampton Sausage and Cider Festival takes place at Old Scouts RFC this weekend on Saturday from noon to 10pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm.

Adult tickets are £5 and child tickets £3. Sunday is a family day when kids go free. There is live music, a free family circus, trampolines and lots of inflatable fun.

The festival, a celebration of artisan sausage and cider, helps to raise money for grass roots sport in Northampton with some of the profits going to Old Scouts RFC.

Northamptonshire cider makers Saxby’s will have their own stall, one of four producers from the county represented at the festival.