Wales Hosts World's First International Craft Cider Festival
The first ever International Craft Cider Festival took place at
Llancaiach Fawr manor house near Caerphilly in the South Wales
Valleys last weekend, with a successful blend of cider and perry,
great live music and master classes and demonstrations based on the
art of making cider attracting an audience from across the UK.
Cider makers from across Europe, particularly the Hesse region
of Germany, Asturias in Spain, Brittany and Normandy in France,
gathered to sell their produce and compare notes with their
counterparts from Wales, the West Country and elsewhere in the
The festival was staged by the Welsh Perry and Cider Society.
The Society's Development Officer, Cressida Slater said: "We were
very pleased with the first year of what we hope will become an
annual premium food and drink event for Wales, offering some of the
best drinks of their kind in the world. The atmosphere was great,
and the feedback we had from a number of visitors to the area and
from the cider producers has been extremely encouraging, reflecting
the growing popularity in cider and its traditional
The master classes included contributions from the international
visitors on the regional variations in cider making and drinking,
including the French style cidres, and German Apfelwein, plus
tastings from this year's Champion Cider Maker, Ross Cider and
One of the producers at the festival was Neil Worley from
Worley's Cider. He said: "This year's inaugural International Craft
Cider Festival provided an excellent showcase for independent cider
makers to demonstrate just what a wide variety of great real cider
products are now available. Perhaps even more importantly, we
enjoyed ourselves enormously and were able to show visitors the
huge passion with which we make cider and perry, and the
camaraderie that exists in the cider making community."
Pete Brown, former British Guild of Beer Writers Beer Writer of
the Year said: "This is the first time I've seen any kind of drinks
festival conducted in this way, combined with a summer music
festival, and it's a format that I thought worked really
well. The atmosphere around the cider tents was amazing, and
I've never seen such an interesting collection of cider producers
in one place. I hope to be back next year at an event that's
bigger and even better!
The festival is one of the many events in the Love The Summer,
Love The Valleys campaign, part of Valleys Heart and Soul, a three
year campaign which aims to raise awareness of the region as a
tourist destination and bring long-term economic benefits to the
area, with £42million investment to regenerate The Valleys and
highlight the vast amount of activities and attractions on offer
for its residents and visitors.
For further information please go to www.internationalciderfestival.com.