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Wassail gets its name from the Old English term “waes hael”, meaning “be well” and is a tradition to awaken cider apple trees from their winter slumber. #WassailWeek

Here is our list of Wassail events across cider land –

  • Sampford Courtney, Solland Farm, EX20 3QT – Tuesday 16th January 7pm
  • Whimple Wassail Wednesday 17th January 6.30pm New Fountain Inn Organised by Whimple History Society this event has really gown in recent years and sounds a great deal of fun. Starts at 6pm at The New Fountain Inn. Whimple had a long tradition of cider making and the ceremony was restarted in 1993. All the traditional elements of the wassail are carried out
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The UK currently accounts for almost half of the global cider market, according to the National Association of Cider Makers.

After a year of ‘will they, won’t they?’, it was announced that family-based Aspall Cyder has been snapped up by brewing giant Molson Coors in a deal reported to be worth £40m.

Production will stay at Aspall Hall in Suffolk, with brothers Barry, the current chairman and Henry Chevallier Guild, remaining involved on the board, in strategic and ambassadorial capacities.

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So heres our review of this years favourite ciders to enjoy over the festive season.

All guaranteed to give you that warm glow from the inside –

Pouring draught cider at Heck’s in Somerset

  • Red Streak, Perry’s – A medium single variety lightly sparkling cider, from the Somerset Redstreak cider apple. A rich fruity taste, and interesting dark red colour, definately sets this cider apart from the rest. 6.0% ABV.

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Studio Lambert, the production company behind the BAFTA-winning Gogglebox, are making a brand new series for the BBC and looking to speak to artisan food and drink producers who would like the unique opportunity to showcase their products.

This exciting contest gives amateur and small scale food producers a chance to showcase their product and compete against other similar products.

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A Wincanton pub crowned best in UK for cider by CAMRA.

Somerset has long been regarded as the home of proper, high-quality cider.

And now this accolade has been cemented, after a pub near Wincanton was crowed the best place to drink cider in the whole country.

The Unicorn Inn in Bayford has been singled out by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for its commitment to genuine cider from small, local producers.

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