Britain is renowned for being the land of fish and chips, red phone boxes and bad bath. Oh, and bad weather. Well, not the week we’ve just had. Scorching temperatures day after culminated in the mercury hitting 34.5 degrees Celsius (94 degrees Farenheit for those still working in old money) last Thursday.
Phew! It’s enough to make you want to reach for a lovely cold cider. Not that cider can/should be drunk only when it’s hot, but sometimes it refreshes the parts that other drinks can’t reach. So, The Independent has brought out a list of 10 UK ciders you should be drinking. With a few wise words from The Ciderologist.
Go forth and drink cider!
New Zealand Cider Festival 2017
Are you a cider head? Are you planning your next holiday to coincide with a cider event? Well, look no further than the New Zealand Cider Festival taking place this November in Sunny Nelson!
New Zealand’s cider HQ, Nelson is my old stomping ground and is a great base to explore the wealth of beauty that NZ has to offer.
I know it’s a little further than Herefordshire or Somerset for most folk, but it’ll be well worth the trip!
(For transparency purposes, Gabe has been sponsored by NZ Tourism to bring you this message to the tune of one packet of Tim Tams and a 2L bottle of L&P)
A Right Royal Showcase!
Last week saw the Royal Bath and West Show take place in Shepton Mallet. One of the finest rural events in the land, it is also home to the Great British Cider Championships. I was most kindly invited by the organising committee to judge the International Championships, alongside famed drinks writer and cider maker, Susanna Forbes. My judging this category was most apt since I had not long returned from my global jaunt (stay tuned for the next blog!) plus we were joined by 3 separate groups of cider makers and orchardists from the USA during the show.
The standard of products was amazing as ever. Congrats to Angry Orchard for taking out the top prize!