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The International Craft Cider Festival 2011 is the first of its kind, and is set to become a real highlight of any real cider-lover’s calendar.

There will be craft cider and perry makers from around the world; with the first year focusing mainly on producers from France, Germany, Spain, England and Wales, but with interest too from Ireland and Finland.

Event details:

  • Location: – Llancaiach Fawr, South Wales
  • Date: 12-14 August 2011
  • Attractions:
    • International Cider bars
    • International Cuisine
    • Live Music
    • Camping
  • Website:

The Wales International Craft Cider and Perry Festival is a cultural celebration of locally produced cider, perry, food and music from each participating region. In the first year it is hoped that the festival will feature some or all of the following regions from Europe: England (The South West/Three Counties), Germany (Saarland/Hesse), Austria (Mostviertel/Muehlviertel), Spain (Asturias), France (Brittany/Normandy), Norway (Hardanger Fjord), Switzerland (Toggenburg) and Wales.

The cider and perry producing regions of Europe and the World are not generally known to the potential visitor or tourist and are therefore not on top of most people’s destination list when they are considering a holiday or weekend break. A key aim of the festival is to show the beauty of these regions, discover the similarities between them and positively explore and celebrate the differences. The regions all have a rural friendliness, good high quality but honest food and all are truely and uniquely beautiful. And if you do visit with someone who’s not as fanatical about cider and perry as you, don’t worry, there are plenty of things to their taste too! We can’t wait for you to discover them….

The festival aims to celebrate and promote the artisan craft cider and perry industry; bringing producers together in a global community. It will also celebrate the wider food and music cultures that the cidermaking forms a part of, with a number of internationally inspired bands appearing on the live music stage, and caterers feeding the appetite of the festival-goers. This festival is not only an opportunity to showcase Wales to international visitors, but an opportunity for other countries to promote their areas and cidermaking culture.

For the past 9 years the Welsh Perry and Cider Society have been running a successful Welsh Perry & Cider Festival and championships, just outside Abergavenny. Building on our success there, we want to go bigger and embrace the world craft cider movement.

Britain’s biggest beer festival takes place this week from 3rd to 7th August 2010 at Earls Court, London. The Great British Beer Festival (often shortened to GBBF) is a yearly beer festival organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA

GBBF is styled as the “biggest pub in the world” and offers around 450 beers from British breweries, as well as around 200 foreign beers from countries including Belgium, Germany and the USA. Traditional British cider and perry is also available. The festival is completely staffed by unpaid volunteers, around 1000 of whom work at the festival.

Organisers are hoping for a bumper event as ticket sales this year are up by 32% on last year. Which means that the attendance will be well over the 64,000 thirsty people that turned up in 2009.

Louise Ashworth, head of marketing at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: “Across the UK, CAMRA beer (and cider) festivals have continued to report record attendance figures and increases in sales. And with our own research showing that 50% of pub-goers have now tried real ale and cider, this August at Earls Court will be an exciting time for brewers to come together and champion our national drink.”

At Waitrose, sales of bottled ciders and ales have risen 30% year on year as customers are trying out new producers. We have a fantastically rich heritage of cider makers and people seem to want to reach out and try local and national ciders.

View all the listed ciders and perries available at this years GBBF.

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What looks like a delicious event begins on Friday the 9th of July. The first Cider festival is being held at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury, North Somerset, – they are hoping to run them every year if its a success!

There is no admission fee, the entertainment is totally free and there will be at least 15 ciders from the area throughout the 10 days.

We are hoping people will come ready for an afternoon of fun, food and cider. Why not bring a blanket or deckchair, chill out and listen to the music and drink loads of local cider! Although there is lots of decking furniture and benches.

cider-sausagesThe BBQ will be a selection of the top 20 local sausages that can be purchased on a skewer with bread and sauces. There is also a full Sunday lunch on offer too from £9 per roast!

Then on the Sunday the 11th July a jazz and sausage BBQ just before the World Cup final happens which will be showing on our 50″ TV screen in the garden (fingers crossed for good weather!!!)

Then on the 18th July – the Mangled Wurzles for the afternoon.

The pub has a huge garden and a raised decking – perfect for totally chilled afternoons in the summer sun!

More details and venue address:
The Ship and Castle
Tel: 01934 833535
The High street, Congresbury
North Somerset, BS49 5JA