3rd-4th May – Bristol Cider Shop West Country Cider & Sausage Festival 2014 (Southville, Bristol) Preview

Address: Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1DB (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 3rd May: 12pm-6pm (Free) & 7-12pm (£5)
Sun 4th May: 12pm-6pm (Free) & 7-12pm (£5)

Tickets: Saturday/Sunday Evening session requires a ticket. This can be bought online here.

Ciders/Perries: The following 30 ciders/perries will be available, which are as follows:

DRY
Bridge Farm Dry (6.5%) East Chinnock, Somerset
Brislington Brain Twister (7.1%) Brislington, Bristol
Cotswold ‘No Brainer’ (6%) Coleshill, Oxfordshire
Dunkertons Organic (7%) Pembridge, Herefordshire
Hanham Court (7.1%) Brislington, Bristol
Lawrence’s Dry (6%) Corton Denham, Dorset
Springfield ‘Old Barn’ (7.8%) Llangovan, Monmouthshire
Tricky Dry (6%) Churchinford, Somerset
MEDIUM-DRY
Bristol Cider Shop Cider (6%) Christmas Steps, Bristol
Burrow Hill ‘Alf ‘n’ Alf’ (6%) Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset
Crossman’s ‘Home Orchard’ (7%) Hewish, Somerset
Janet’s Jungle Juice (6%) Brent Knoll, Somerset
Newton’s ‘Yarlington Mill’ (6.2%) Leominster, Herefordshire
Once Upon a Tree ‘Tumpy Ground’ (6.7%) Putley, Herefordshire
Parson’s Choice (6.5%) West Lyng, Somerset
Springfield ‘Wobbly Monk’ (7.1%) Llangovan, Monmouthshire
Worley’s Farmhouse (6.5%) Shepton Mallet, Somerset

MEDIUM

Blaengawney Farm ‘Blindfold’ (6%) Caerphilly, South Wales
Bridge Farm ‘Porter’s Perfection’ (7%) East Chinnock, Somerset
Chant ‘Singing Cider’ (7.5%) West Pennard, Somerset
Gwatkin ‘Yarlington Mill’ (7%) Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
Harry’s Cider (6%) Long Sutton, Somerset
Hecks ‘Kingston Black’ (6.5%) Street, Somerset
Lawrence’s Medium (6%) Corton Denham, Dorset
Millwhites ‘Rum Cask’ (7.5%) Rooksbridge, Somerset
Oliver’s ‘Gold Rush’ (6.7%) Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire
Perry’s ‘Somerset Redstreak’ (5.9%) Dowlish Wake, Somerset
SWEET
Blaengawney Farm ‘National Treasure’ (5%) Caerphilly, South Wales
Cotswold ‘Yellow Hammer’ (6%) Coleshill, Oxfordshire
Gwatkin ‘Norman’ (7.5%) Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
Hecks ‘Port Wine of Glastonbury’ (6.5%) Street, Somerset
Perry’s Farmhouse (5.6%) Dowlish Wake, Somerset
Handmade ‘Spring Surprise’ (3.5%) Slaughterford, Wiltshire
Worley’s ‘Stoke Red’ (4.5%) Shepton Mallet, Somerset
PERRY
Bridge Farm Perry (5.5%) East Chinnock, Somerset
Broome Farm Perry (6%) Peterstow, Herefordshire
Gwatkin ‘Blakeney Red’ (7%) Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
Hecks ‘Hendry Huffcap’ (6%) Street, Somerset
Newtons Perry (5%) Leominster, Herefordshire
Oliver’s Perry (6.2%) Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire
Troggi Perai (6.1%) Earlswood, Monmouthshire

Food: Loads of different types of sausages will be available.

Entertainment:  The evening sessions will see local Cajun, country and roots bands playing.

Further Information:

Bristol Cider Shop’s annual bank holiday cider and sausage festival is back at the Southbank Club in Southville on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2014.

Sticking with tradition, the event will celebrate all things West Country, including the very best local ciders, local sausages and local Cajun, country and roots music.

This year, the May Bank Holiday cider festival also forms part of Bristol’s Food Connections: a unique citywide food and drink festival which will run from May 1st to 11th.

Expect to find over 30 varieties of the new season’s finest artisan cider, all crafted within 50 miles of the Bristol Cider Shop, which is located on the historic Christmas Steps. Festival goers will also be tempted with a sizzling array of sausages from a variety of central Bristol butchers, alongside local vegetarian options.

While enjoying a cider and a sausage, those joining the celebrations can also enjoy live music from local Cajun, country and roots bands. Ponchartrain will be bringing their rootsy, good time, country and bluegrass vibes to the Saturday night, and Flash Harry will travel from the swamplands of Louisiana to the hills of Kildare with their foot stomping Irish/Cajun/folk blend on the Sunday evening.

Entry is free during the day (12-6), with families welcome. Soft drinks will be available, along with alternative alcoholic options for non-cider drinking friends.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday night (7-12) are £5 each, with the evenings including live bands and more. Tickets are available now and always sell out so be sure to buy early from Bristol Cider Shop.

There will also be cider speed dating, which is a cross between cider tasting and speed dating, the premise is simple. Each person will have 5 minutes with up to 12 different dates – each date accompanied by a different award-winning West Country cider.

Tickets for the Cider Dating event are now on sale from Bristol Cider Shop, priced at £20 per head. Each ticket includes the chance to meet up to 12 cidertastic dates, tastings of 12 award-winning ciders and perries, nibbles during the evening and free entry to the cider festival downstairs to either drown your sorrows or celebrate your success. Saturday night will be the turn of those from their mid 20s to mid 30s, while the Sunday night is dedicated to those in their mid 30s to mid 40s.

Bristol Cider Shop are also on the hunt for volunteers for the festival, both to pull pints and to help out on the BBQ. A three hour shift will be paid with two pints of your favourite cider, a scrumptious sausage, a Cider Shop t-shirt and the envy of all of your friends! For more information on how to get involved, email contact@bristolcidershop.co.uk.

For tickets or more information, visit Bristol Cider Shop on the Christmas Steps in central Bristol, or online at www.bristolcidershop.co.uk.

Previous Review: 2011

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