CraftCon, British Cider Week and some Big news!

April has been a good month! Not only is it British Cider Week, the sun is shining, cider is flying out the door and at the beginning of the month we got to go to one of my favourite events of the year – CraftCon.


CraftCon is the only UK conference dedicated to Cider and Perry. Consisting of 2 rather wonderful days of interactive workshops and seminars inspiring existing cider makers, advocates and those starting their cider journey. Leo was repping Blue Barrel this year hosting a panel discussion on orchard management with Ross from Northdown Orchard and Sarah from the Random Apple Company. Other fascinating workshops included ‘For the Love of the barrel’ – using wood in cider & perry making where Tom Oliver was joined by Barney from Capreolus Distillery and Seb from Seb’s Cider discussing using oak whiskey casks in fermentation and maturation with tastings.

Alison Taff’s from London Cider Club and The Hop Inn was joined by award winning drinks writer Rachel Hendry who gave a great talk on cider vocab where they went into depth exploring language to best describe ciders & perry. One of Leo’s favourites was also the talk by Stephanie from Murphy and Son’s about unlocking the potential of yeast selection in the cidery. To be honest, all the talks I saw were fascinating and really helpful not only as a cider maker but also really interesting and enjoyable! This year we also had a scion share which gave cider makers the opportunity to swap scion wood for grafting new varieties in their orchard.

I always come away buzzing with inspiration and pure joy that I am part of such a friendly, welcoming and inspirational community of people. This year was even more impressive with a fancy 3 course meal for over 120 delegates in a ‘Hogwart-esque’ room, not forgetting the infamous bottle share. If standing in a room with some of the top cider and perry makers in the country, all of whom have bought their best bottles to showcase and share tasters of doesn’t sway you to come next year, I don’t know what will!

Now CraftCon is another year away we need some more exciting cider related things to look forward to! Luckily, we’ve got some big news to announce to tie in with British Cider Week and something we have been planning for a while. We are excited to announce that we have helped establish Cambridge’s first Cider & Perry Club alongside local cider maker, Simon from Cambridge Cider Company, Becky & Ben former Cambridge pub landlords, cider fans M & Richard and Ali CAMRA pubs officer for Cambridge and District branch.

Quite simply: Cambridge Cider and Perry Club aims to promote craft cider to local pubs and people of Cambridge. We will meet last Thursday of the month at cider friendly pubs around Cambridge for informal meet ups and occasional talks and tastings.

Come and join us for our first official meet next week where we’ll be pouring some of our latest cider and perry.

When: Thursday 25th April @7.30pm

Where: The Devonshire Arms

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See you there!