Update for 2020
Following the change of the date of the early spring bank holiday from Monday 4th to Friday 8th May, the 2020 Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials will now take place on Saturday 9th May and not Saturday 2nd May as previously indicated.
Entries will open early in the New Year when entry forms will become available on this website.
2019 Trials report
The annual Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials have become an important competition for the many craft cider and perry producers in our region and beyond.
Today’s competition is now over and the winners have been announced. We had one of the largest entries ever with almost 170 draught and 33 bottled entries.
The hall was buzzing with cider and perry makers struggling at times to judge classes of 30, 40 or more entries – there were a lot of happy faces at 4.30 when the judging ended.
A number of entries were disqualified this year as, on checking the specific gravity, it was found to be out of the range specified for the class. If you plan to enter next year, do invest a few pounds in an accurate hydrometer!
Elizabeth Pimblett from the Cider Museum presented the awards and a list of winners can be seen through the button below. (NB an error has been found in the Novice Cider class and the list has been corrected. We will be sending Andrew Gregg his certificate).
Here’s how it works…