The Cornish Cider Festival celebrates the best in local cider making.
Offering an extensive range of Cornish and regional ciders, as well as apple pressing, music, a cider maker’s competition and lots more, all in the beautiful ancient town of Lostwithiel, situated at the entrance of Cornwall’s Fowey valley.
Now in its glorious tenth year, the festival is a permanent fixture in the Southwest’s food and drink calendar, enjoyed by hundreds of cider and music lovers every autumn. Here, we hope to tell you more about the festival, what it has to offer and why you should come long to this great little event.
What to expect on the day
The festival starts at 10am, when the bar will be open. If you are entering the amateur cider maker’s competition or apple pie competition, please bring your entries in early before the judging begins around 1pm. The cider press will also start around this time, where you will be able to press your own apples or ones purchased at the festival.
We are also pleased to have The Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Bodmin branch of the British Beekepers Assocaition represented in the day, as well as The Bodmin and Distict Woodturners, who will be demonstrating their craft.
Thee is also plenty for the kids, with a welcome addition of Sarah Hercod and her Sketch Club
Sat 5th October 2019
10am ~ 10.30pm
Lostwithiel Community Centre Pleyber Christ Way
Lostwithiel PL22 0HA
Essential festival details
The Cornish Cider Festival 2019 is held at the Lostwithiel Community Centre on Saturday 5 October from 10am to 10.30pm. The festival is free but your reusable plastic pint glass will cost £1.
Getting there by car
Entering Lostwithiel from the west (St Austell direction) on the A390.
Once you enter the town, you will drive through a set of traffic lights, after the lights the Community Centre is the third turning on the right and is sign posted.
Entering Lostwithiel from the east (Liskeard/Plymouth direction) on the A390.
You will pass the industrial estate entrance on your left, Community Centre is the next left hand turning.
Parking is limited at the Community Centre but you should be able to find on-street parking reasonably easily in the town. The best bet is to travel by train!
Getting there By train
The Community Centre is only about 4 minutes walk from Lostwithiel railway station, which is on the mainline from London to Penzance. There are regular trains from Plymouth and Truro stopping throughout the day; please check Great Western Railway website for details.
Places to stay
Lostwithiel has a good selection of B&Bs, hotels and pubs to choose from, including many places on Airbnb. Please check out Lostwithiel town website for details www.lostwithiel.org.uk/where-to-stay
Ciders at this years show include
The Cornish Cider Company
A light, easy drinking cider, made with a delicate blend of bittersweet Dabinette cider apples and sweet, hand-picked Galas.
The Cornish Cider Company
A light drinking, slightly dry cider made with Yarlington Mill and Dabinette cider apples to produce a stunning refreshing drink, full of fruit flavour.
It gives way to distinctive savoury, sherry notes with the initial taste fully delivering on the promised cider richness a tropical touch follows, with grapefruit and pineapple flavours, delivering a clean, citrus tingle on the finish.
Savour the bittersweet richness of cider apples, followed by the lingering sweetness of ripe fruit, including notes of the dark autumn berries from the hedgerow.
A delicious Ginger and Chilli cider for the more adventurous - real West Country apples partnered with a taste of the exotic.
The Hog Father is not for the fainthearted but still more Somerset than Sicily; its cider apple flavours are a perfect match for spiced meats or a nice strong cheddar ploughman's.
A wonderfully wholesome, all natural cider from the heart of the county. Rich and refreshing, very apple-y with a lovely refreshing sparkle.
A delicious variation thanks to the addition of traditional mulling spices.
St Ives Cider
A medium farmhouse cider made purely from westcountry apple varieties at Kirthenwood House Museum orchard outside Hayle. A truly old style cider.
St Ives Cider
Clodgy is made in a traditional style but using modern equipment resulting in a subtle taste and an easily drinkable finish. Blending back with straight juice smooths out the harshness of a fully dry cider and leaves a crisp apple flavour. Clodgy is our still, unfiltered farmhouse cider.
A single variety cider crafted from the finest Katy eating apples. It is a light fragrant, softly sparkling medium dry cider with a distinctive character all of its own.
Rich and golden in appearance, with a softly rounded aroma, Thatchers Vintage has a full flavour with considered depth of character coming from Dabinetts, Redstreak, Tremletts apples.
A full flavoured cider, crafted from a blend of bittersweet apples such as Dabinett and Somerset Redstreak. This is a beautifully balanced cider, with a medium dry finish and fresh character.
Full of flavour made with specially selected apples, many of which are harvested from our own family orchards on Somerset. Made using traditional techniques and expertise gained since 1904, this crafted medium dry cider has a smooth and refreshing taste.
A cloudy premium cider bursting with apple flavour. Crafted with Discovery, Falstaff, Gala and Jonagold eating apples to create its crisp sweet finish.
An exceptional, gently sparkling cider with the fruity aroma of fresh raspberries and a crisp, dessert apple finish. A fruity, well balanced cider.
This immensely refreshing cider has a light, champagne sparkle, with fruity apple tones and a long dry finish. The creative blend of bittersweet and dessert apples impart this classic cider with body and crispness.
A connoisseur's cider, medium dry and lightly sparkling. Created from apples selected for their soft tannins and traditional flavour. This classic cider is matured over the winter months, to bestow vintage qualities.
Wasted Apple Co
A traditionally made cider using a variety of mainly dessert apples from Cornwall. Made using 100% juice, its not pasteurised or filtered producing a crisp cider, with a gentle sparkle and a definite kick.
Haye Farm Cider
Golden colour of Grand Cru Sauternes, this unique cider is round, mellow and complex.
With hints of beeswax and high malt, it is textured, round and mellow with a long finish that almost demands a wine glass to appreciate the intricacies of the ancient apple varieties that make up the blend.
Deep orange golden colour, taste is sweetish mellow fruity apple, some tartness, hay, woody, leather, straw, earthy, barnyard notes.
Yellowish golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, some apples, mild vinegar and slight wooden notes.
The cider is rather smooth, mellow and slightly tangy.
Sponsors & Thank you
And thanks to…
The Cornish Cider Festival would not exist without the support of the local community and volunteers helping out, particularly on the day itself. Special thanks goes to Andrew ‘Dr of apples’ Ormerod, whose help and advice has been invaluable over the years, Tim Hughes for general carpentry and tasting skills, John Pegg and Alfie Treloar for manning the press every year and Lee’s wife Sian who generally gets things done. Not forgetting Dan for his most excellent guitar and apple related song book.
If you would like to do a shift behind the bar, help set up or clear up afterwards in exchange for thelove of apples, please get in touch.
A Big thank you to our barrel sponsors
Seasoned blues and country rockers Coyote Junction will be belting out an acoustic set in the early evening to kick start the night's entertainment.
Charlie and Jim are a popular piano and drum duo, who will be playing two sets of jazz, blues and pop classics in the afternoon and again in the late evening. Not to be missed.
Down the social...
James Coggan wins the Amateur Cider Maker's competition for the second year running. Congratulations James!