Recently, we hosted The Sandford Orchards Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards in The Farm Table.The awards saw a total of twenty entries from thirteen counties, with all styles of cider being represented; from naturally sweet to single variety, session ciders to bottle fermented. It was great to see such high quality entries from so many different regions!
On the day, judges Barny Butterfield & Andy May of Sandford Orchards, George Dart, Suzy Atkins, Gabe Cook of The Ciderologist, Tom Oliver of Oliver's Cider and Rich Clancy from The Stable decided that Tom Moon's sparkling medium cider was taking home the gold to Glastonbury. At only 25 year's old, Tom is producing around 10,000 litres of cider on his own, whilst juggling his main job as a builder. His sparkling medium is an incredibly well made session cider, complex but easy drinking… a worthy winner!
We also awarded two Silver prizes. The first to Simon Rawlins of Rawlins Cider whose keeved Somerset cider, crafted us well ripened hand-picked apples, was exceptional. The other silver medal went to Artistraw Cider from Herefordshire and their Voulez-Shrew cider; this sustainable and natural cider maker's ethos and exceptional quality makes them a really exciting prospect for the cider industry.
We are so excited to be stocking these brilliant ciders in our Drinks Cellar, perfect for summer sipping be sure to pop by and discover them for yourself.
The Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards were launched by Sandford Orchards in 2019 and aim to recognise and celebrate excellent quality whole juice ciders from around the UK.
”Unlike other awards we provide detailed actionable feedback for absolutely everyone who entered, with constructive comments that we hope will help them develop their cider making skills. After the success of the first competition back in 2020, we were thrilled to see so much interest in the awards this year.” Barny Butterfield, Founder of Sandford Orchards
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A super exciting announcement!