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2019 Festival – Cider list now available

Cider is one of our most ancient of beverages - apple trees have been grown since 1300 BC near the Nile delta. And it was only a matter of time before we realised that the fruit could be put to an even better use than just the eating.

And cider has carried on being used over the centuries. In the 14th century children were sometimes baptised in cider as it was cleaner than the water.

Captain Cook recognised cider's value as he took it aboard his ship to help prevent scurvy among his crew.

Nowadays, 45% of the apples grown in the UK are used for cider-making and there are 365 varieties - one for each day of the year!

And variety is what we hope you will discover at this year's festival with cider and perry coming from all over the country, either using traditional cider apples and perry pears or culinary and dessert fruit, plus some will have been aged in oak barrels. We will have small producers, larger producers, prize-winners and some made by families that have been perfecting the art since 1841.

The full list of ciders & perries available at this year's festival can be found here.