Update 14th June 2021
As you will already know, the 2020 Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials were cancelled because of the current Covid-19 restrictions.
After consultations with Herefordshire Council we have now put in place all the necessary procedures, risk assessments, etc to enable us to run a version of the Trials and stay within the Covid-19 Rules in force at present. It will take place on Saturday 17th July. You can enter using the button lower down the page but please read this first.
Now the relaxation originally scheduled for 21st June is being delayed until after July 17th, we will not be considering any changes to these measures.
The key points are:
- we have to run the event in the open air
- we have to restrict the number of people on site at any one time to no more than 30
- we operate under ‘hospitality’ rules
- we have to have the names and contact details of all on site for Test and Trace purposes.
To meet these requirements there will be a number of differences
- the location will be Dragon Orchard, Putley, HR8 2RG, and not Putley Parish Hall, by kind invitation of Norman and Ann Stanier.
- judging will take place over the course of the day in three separate sessions with no more than 20 people judging in any one of these sessions
- we will only run the draught classes and the number of entries in each class will be capped to a maximum of 20 on a first-come, first served basis. We also need to limit the total number of entrants to no more than 60. In order to manage this, entry will be online only – click on the button lower down the page..
The entry form will be available from Tuesday 15th June and entry will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 11th July, or sooner if all places are taken.
Please read the updated Rules shown on this page before entering.
The results will be announced at 10.00am on Sunday 18th July. This will be conducted at Dragon Orchard and live-streamed on Zoom.
There will be space for some entrants to attend the results ceremony in person and details of this and the link to the live stream will be sent to entrants ahead of the competition.
Dragon Orchard Location
Rules of the competition, to be judged blind by the competitors
These rules have been adapted from previous years’ rules to take account of the Covid-19 restrictions currently in force.
- The Trials are open to any maker of cider or perry, with the exception of those directly involved in the organisation of the Trials on the day.
- Competitors must be at least 18 years old on the day of the competition – 17th July 2021.
- Online entry forms must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 11th July 2021 at the very latest. If the maximum number of entries we can accept is reached before that time, entry will close at that point.
- Entries should be delivered to Dragon Orchard, Putley, HR8 2RG between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on the evening of Friday 16th July. We will have some capacity to accept a limited number of entries between 8.30am and 9.30am on Saturday 17th but, if at all possible, please deliver on the evening of the 16th.
- Entries must comprise at least 2 litres of product. Any container(s) acceptable. Containers should be sanitised before delivery.
- Entries become the property of the Big Apple Association. Anyone wishing to collect their container(s) should report to Dragon Orchard at 7pm on the 17th July.
- The organisers reserve the right not to accept any entry that does not meet an acceptable standard of hygiene.
- The classes will be as follows:
Class 1 Draught dry cider: gravity below 1005 Class 2 Draught medium cider: gravity 1005 – 1015 Class 3 Draught sweet cider: gravity above 1015 Class 4 Draught dry perry: gravity below 1005 Class 5 Draught medium perry: gravity 1005 – 1015 Class 6 Draught sweet perry: gravity above 1015
- Entry fee is £4 per entry. One entry per class, up to a maximum of four entries
- The maximum number of entries in a class will be 20, decided on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of entrants (ie makers) will be limited to 60, also on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Voting will be carried out in three two-hour sessions with a maximum of 20 judges per session. Voting slips will be issued at the start of each session. Judges will have to declare they do not have Covid symptoms and have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the previous two weeks.
- Results will be announced at 10.00am on Sunday, 18th July in Dragon Orchard and online.
- Challenge trophies will be awarded to the Best Cidermaker and Best Perrymaker based on their performance in all relevant classes. An engraved glass tankard will become the property of each challenge trophy winner. If there is no clear winner, the trophy will not be awarded.
- There will be an award for Best Product which can be from any of the classes. If there is no clear winner, the trophy will not be awarded.
- Lists of the winners will be posted on the Big Apple website after the announcement on Sunday 18th. Full details of the voting in each class will be emailed to entrants in the relevant classes as soon as possible after the announcement of the results.
- The organisers reserve the right to request anyone to leave whom they consider to be causing a nuisance or failing to follow given instructions.
- The organisers’ decision on any matter is final.