Posted: 07/08/2015

Cider festival to showcase artisan makers and heritage apples

Brogdale cider apples
Brogdale maintains nearly 100 varieties of cider apples as well as 20 perry pears

Four Kentish makers of bottled craft cider will be among dozens of small producers showcased at Brogdale Artisan Cider Festival on August 29-30.

Turners, Kentish Pip, Biddenden and Kent Cider Co will each have their own pitches at the event, where a total of around 50 ciders will be available to the public for tasting. More than 20 ciders and perries will be on sale in the main festival bar.

The weekend food, drink and entertainment event, expected to attract around 3,000 cider fans, is a fundraiser for Brogdale Collections, near Faversham, which is home to the National Fruit Collection.

Brogdale preserves 97 different cider apples and 20 perry pears, keeping alive varieties which might otherwise be lost to history and giving craft cider-makers scope to offer drinks with unique flavours and a long history.

Development office Kimberly Campion added: “In light of climatic and environmental change, it’s vital this collection is available to breed varieties for the future.”

Among the Artisan Cider Festival’s attractions will be a demonstration of cider-making on a hand press, led by Debbie Hickman of Tiddly Pomme, which produces Woolly Pig cider on-site at Brogdale.

Events & marketing manager Bernie Cranfield said: “Kent is really a hidden gem for fine artisan cider and we’re proud to support the smaller producers.

“Encouraging an appreciation for local produce is high on our agenda here and that really underpins our whole ethos for the weekend”.

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