Scrumpy fans, you’re in luck – there’s not one but TWO cider festivals happening in the next week or so. Start off tomorrow (November 16) at the Republic of Somerset on the roof terrace atop the Queen of Hoxton pub in Shoreditch. Organised by the Cider Box, this one-dayer will bring the heady delights of proper Somerset cider to the city, with 30 artisan ciders to try (including some hot spiced ones), barbecue food, crafts and games, live acoustic music and a wigwam to keep everything warm and cosy. Profits go to artists’ charity Strummerville, so the more you drink, the better you’ll feel (well, sort of – you know what we mean).
A couple of days later, you can start all over again on Brick Lane, where café-bar Full Stop is hosting a week-long cider festival from November 18. Each night they’ll be serving a different array of ciders and perries from independent producers from around the UK, including Hecks, Priors Tipple, Thistly Cross, Skidbrooke Cyder and Cornish Orchards. There’s also be some pop-up food and Spanish restaurant Donostia will provide charcuterie and a couple of Basque country ciders. Expect great tunes from Sudanese/Scottish songwriter Eliza Shaddad and the infectious bluesy/folksy Bonfire Band, with other acts to be confirmed.
The Republic of Somerset takes place on November 16 at the Queen of Hoxton, free before 8pm or £7 thereafter. More info at strummerville.com