|Sunshack Cider Apple for the Sunshack Cider launch at Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly|
|Crowds enjoy the Sunshack Cider launch party|
|Sunshack Cider on tap for the launch party|
Sunshack Cider is available in apple and pear varieties and is relatively dry compared to many others out there in the current market, especially some of the imported ciders. The less sweet characteristic means, for good or bad, you can drink it all day long and not get sick of cloying sweetness or indeed, a sugar high.
|The Sunshack Cider shack|
I initially thought I might alternate between the apple and the pear, but upon tasting the pear – with a stronger fruit flavour much more perceptible than the quite dry apple – I was a perry drinker for the rest of the day.
I’m pretty sure more of my bowls ended up in next door’s ‘rink’ or in the back ditch than anywhere near the jack, but there was a decent attempt or three throughout the afternoon.
|Sunshack apple cider for you; Sunshack perry for me...|
|Fish and chips with pea mash|
Some very good battered fish with fat chips had the extra surprise of a line of pea mash - who would have thought that combination would work, but it does with lots of lemon squeezed over.
|Prawn and coconut spring rolls|
I had reservations about the prawn and coconut spring rolls, but these piping hot golden nuggets turned out to be surprisingly good. The firm prawns with a curried mix of coconut encased in crunchy spring roll pastry were rather inspired.
Those that missed out on canapés needn’t have worried about going hungry as later in the afternoon, the barbie was fired up by some professional help and a most delectable gourmet barbeque was to be had.
|Pork belly on the barbeque|
|White bread rolls|
|Grilled vegetable skewers|
|Rocket, orange, fennel, witlof salad|
|Lettuce and pear salad|
|Clovelly Bowling Club|
|Sunshack Cider: pear and apple 500ml bottles|
The 500ml bottles are a little on the large side - at about the same alcohol content as a full strength beer, one bottle of cider constitutes 1.8 standard drinks, so be aware that something that tastes so good can still be reasonably boozy.
But lazy summer Sunday arvos and cider are just meant to be - as the Sunshack guys say, all you need is love and cider. See more photos from the launch party at my Facebook page here.
Food, booze and shoes attended the Sunshack Cider launch party as a guest of Sunshack Cider.