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Cider Salon returns to Bristol

9th May 2019

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After the stunning success of its launch in 2018, the Cider Salon returns to Bristol to once again showcase the best ciders from around the world. 

The Cider Salon Bristol will comprise a week of talks, tastings, label art exhibitions and dinners with independent venues across the city from 3rd to the 9th June.  The main event, the Cider Salon itself, is a US-inspired tasting session to take place at the Trinity Centre on the afternoon of Saturday 8th June, with 30 producers pouring a total of 90 speciality ciders.

The Cider Salon is not just any cider festival however; this is the opportunity to try some of the most carefully crafted bottled ciders from the UK and as far afield as Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA.  This event will help inquisitive drinkers discover more about a range of traditional drinks and finely-honed techniques, such as Methode Traditionelle, Pet Nat, Keeving, Perry and Pommeau. 

Cider Salon Bristol is the brainchild of two multi-award winning cider makers – Tom Oliver from Oliver’s Cider, Herefordshire, and Martin Berkeley from Pilton Cider, Somerset.  Inspired by Cider Salon events in the US and motivated by a concern over the lack of aspiration in the UK cider category, this duo have taken it upon themselves to demonstrate just how fabulous cider can be.

“Cider is a misunderstood drink”, say Martin Berkeley. “Many people have preconceptions about what cider is based upon bad experiences as a youth or what is available in the supermarkets.  But the fact is, cider can be so much better.  When using time, care and specific techniques, cider can demonstrate all of the quality and finesse of any wine.”

In addition to the main event, there will be a number of fringe events at some of Bristol’s best loved food and drink venues.  Cider and food matching is at the heart of the Cider Salon 2019, with possibly the UK’s finest ever Cider Dinner, taking place at Yurt Lush on Friday 7th June, plus a week of cider-inspired menus from the likes of Dela, Poco and West Street Kitchen. Some events through the week and over the weekend are ticketed, but a number are also free.

“Bristol is the natural place to host such an event, given that it is the UK’s cider capital”, says Tom Oliver. “At the Cider Salon, we believe that locals and visitors alike will enjoy one of the finest showcases of cider that the UK has ever seen and we can’t wait! And for anyone in town Bristol Craft Beer Festival, head on over to expand your taste for fantastic fermentations!”

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