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Massive Cider Festival Hits Town This Weekend

Palace Hotel gets tipsy on Manchester’s first Cider and Perry festival

Written by . Published on June 24th 2011.


Massive Cider Festival Hits Town This Weekend

GREATER Manchester Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) have sent this message.

Some get over it and take cider up as a drink of adult choice, others abuse it solely on summer days.

‘A few short years ago, a mention of traditional ‘scrumpy’ cider would have conjured up a Somerset scene featuring thatched roofs, straw hats and the sounds of The Wurzel's 1976 hit ‘I am a cider drinker’.’

CAMRA are being exactly accurate here.

Any mention of cider for males conjures a scene of vomiting in a kitchen sink, age fifteen, in a mate’s party. For some reason off-licences sell young men cider with something approaching enthusiasm, presumably the staff think it’s a variety of Irn Bru.

Some people never lose this and baulk at cider whenever it comes within ten metres. A few get over it and take cider up as a drink of adult choice, others abuse it solely on summer days.

This weekend CAMRA are asking us to forget the negative stuff. They're holding Manchester's first Cider & Perry Festival.

It takes place today (Friday) and Saturday 24th June and there will be 53 traditionally made ciders and perries available. Entrance to the festival is £2 a day.

In recent years, CAMRA has recognised that real cider and perry were in a similar situation to that which faced real ale in the early 70s, with the number of outlets for real cider diminishing. CAMRA now has an active cider section that has seen traditional still ciders and perries become a regular addition to cask conditioned beers at beer and cider festivals across the region and beyond. 

Festival organiser Steven Swain said "Cider festivals are common place in the cider producing South West and East Anglia, but we believe this is the first time a dedicated cider festival has been held outside of these areas."  

More information on the festival see www.manchesterciderfestival.co.uk

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AnonymousMay 3rd 2012.

The Festival is on again 22 - 23 June 2012 at the same place.
Copper Face Jacks at the Palace Hotel on Oxford Street.
Noon to 10.30 both days.

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