Monday, 4 August 2008

Uncle Mike's cider festival

image No doubt you're all coming to the GBBF on Friday this week?  but the other major event of the discerning drinker's calendar has to be the annual cider festival at Broome farm in Herefordshire

Clem's uncle Mike runs the "Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry co" which organises this 3-day festival in his barn. This year it's from the 29th to the 31st of August

 Key items on the agenda:

  • music: folkey, bluesey, barn-dancey. more info here.
  • food: auntie hill's home cooked roast pork with stuffing and apple sauce, sausages baps, veggie curry, etc etc. all incredibly tasty. 
  • cider: aside from uncle mike's, about a dozen Welsh and Herefordian cider makers bring their wares. if you get bored of cider, you can get your taste buds working on some of the perries (cider made from pears? yum yum), and there are a couple of local ales as well.
  • Farmer's market
  • rhubarb thrashing

Aside from that, you can take in the local countryside. Here's a view from the Broome Farm B&B which is run by Clem's aunt Hillary.


Local B&B's are one option for accommodation, but most people choose to camp in the orchard.  come for just one day, or all three! Parking available (in a field).  children and old people welcome.


image  Morris Dancers not guaranteed...

more info here:, and here's a write up of last year's:

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