Ahead of English Tourism Week (22 – 31 May 2021), Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire on the launch of their exciting new Sip Drink Tour Herefordshire drink trail.

‘Sip Drink Tour Herefordshire’ is an exciting new trail highlighting the finest drinks producers the county has to offer, from its famous artisan ciders to delicious fruit liqueurs and award-winning vodkas and gins.

The new 20-page trail booklet, curated by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, the county’s leading destination marketing organisation, features 17 of Herefordshire’s finest drink producers, plus the fascinating Museum of Cider, Two Farmers Crisps – the UK’s first 100% plastic free crisp brand – and the much-loved Crown Inn pub, who proudly serve their very own craft ‘Kings’ cider.

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We may be spending most of our time indoors at the moment, but there are still opportunities to enjoy spring unfolding its sequence of fruit tree blossom. Whether you’re looking at street trees from your window, in your garden, or in the park during your exercise walks, now is the time to relish beautiful blossom, just as our pollinators will be! Here’s our guide to which fruit trees blossom when.

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Gregg Wallace visits the biggest cider factory in the world, which produces more than 350 million litres each year. The scale of production blows his mind, as at each turn he’s confronted with huge machinery and incredible processes.

He visits Birchley Farm in Herefordshire, at the heart of cider country, before heading to the mill at Ledbury to help sort the apples. At the factory itself, he learns about the fermentation process and the critical role of yeast, before being shown the vast scale of the bottling process, which sees 833 bottles cleaned and filled every minute.

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A fun and covid safe acitvity is the brand-new Cider Tasting Kits available from Bristol Cider shop. They’ve chosen some of our favourite ciders and created three unique tasting kits for you to discover. Each one comes with a tasting guide to help you make the most of your kit, as well as detailed tasting notes for each cider. They also make great gifts, so why not treat the cider-lover in your life to a professional tasting experience at home. They might even find their new favourite!

If you’re looking for a fun new activity to take your Zoom calls to the next level, why not host a virtual cider tasting? These kits are perfect for bringing families and friends together over a glass (or two) of real, local cider, and our tasting guides make it easy to host a professional and fun tasting. If you’re an employer planning a socially distanced Christmas party, virtual tastings are the perfect way to show your team how grateful you are for their hard work.

For more info visit Bristol Cider Shop.

It’s that time of year again, when cider makers and people wanting their apples to go to good homes contact us to get in touch with us.

If you are donating apples, or in need of more apples please leave your details on the document below.

Add your details here – The Apple Sharing Exchange

Do you have an apple tree but can’t use all your apples? Due to recent demand of people wanting to learn how to make their own cider, we are going to help make this even easier for you.

Please consider sharing your surplus apples and pears with other members of the Real Cider community.

We hope you think this is ethically, socially and environmentally friendly way of managing the free resource of fresh apples we have each year!

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