Literary festival takes on added spice

Deepings Literary Festival (28-30 April) is becoming tastier by the week with literary-themed additions of a special cocktail, a poetry-themed ale and even a cheekily named sausage.

Deepings Literary Festival 2017

With spicy television drama Apple Tree Yard author Louise Doughty at the festival, Deeping St James pork producer Grasmere Farm has devised a suitably spicy Apple Tree Yard Sausage to reflect the story's nature.

Louise is set to visit the award winning pork producer's shop in Market  Deeping to sample the distinctly apple themed sausage for herself. 

Grasmere Farm has devised a suitably spicy Apple Tree Yard Sausage to reflect the story

Sausage sales will result in £1 for every pack sold donated to the library whose closure threat inspired the festival.

Castor Ales, a village micro brewery owned and run by Duncan Vessey, is producing a special Salters Tree ale. 

It commemorates the poem by English poet John Clare whose celebrations of the English countryside can be seen at the nearby John Clare Cottage in Helpston.

Salters Tree ale will be stocked by Market Deeping's Iron Horse Ranch, the Waterton Arms in Deeping St James  and the Blue Bell in Helpston.

To complete the festival menu, staff at The Stage in Market Deeping will be offering a distinctive toast to the festival with a Harry Potter-themed cocktail guaranteed to give a magical lift to drinkers.

Elsewhere in the community, the Rose Lodge care home in Market Deeping is having a Mad Hatters Tea Party on 20th April.

Retailers are also joining in festival fever with a shop window dressing competition. Seizing another spicey theme, Crowland Carpets is leading the way with a 50 Shades of Grey display.

With many events now  a sell out, tickets are still available for some programmed features including Saturday's family show with The Travelling Talesman, the two talks that day with Peter's Railway author Chris Vine and Sunday evening's Lincolnshire Letters Aloud where Afghan war veteran Cass Little will be joining the readings.

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