We're in the thick of cider making activities here at Hurstwood Cider HQ. So I'm glad the weather is still mild for this time of year but the sudden downpours have caught me off-guard and I've had a few soakings. I wanted to take a moment to thank our lovely stockists, they've all been working so hard and are gearing up for the very busy Christmas Season. So thank you for continuing to support our small business and always greeting me with a smile when I deliver cider.
A busy time of year
Black Friday SALE
Normally we would be posting reminders of the events we are attending throughout May. But as you know these have been cancelled. Fairs and shows are not just about sales to small businesses like ours. They get our brand out to the public with the opportunity to expalin a lot more about how we make cider than we can ever write on the back of the bottle. Speaking to customers face to face, hearing your feedback, is worth standing behind our little stall all day and it's a real pleasure to see returning customers year after year. So don't let the lack of events stop you supporting the small businesses you would have visited at these shows. Place an order today! #shoplocal #supportlocal #smallbusiness #plumptonopenday #heathfieldshow #ardinglyspringlive #plumpton #heathfield #ardingly #haywardsheath
Coming To a Pub Near You!
Are you the manager of a pub or off licence and would like to stock our fabulous cider? Do your customers like to try new products from small artisan producers? Then you'll find us listed at Eebria Trade. Both our ciders are now listed there, so you don't have to be within our usual delivery area to stock our award winning cider. Simply log into your Eebria Trade account at https://www.eebriatrade.com/ and search for Hurstwood Cider. #newstockists #eebriatrade #cider
!The birds are singing, the daffodils are in full bloom and the Spring Fairs are coming soon. We are booked into the following events, so check the diary and come and enjoy a Sussex Fair near you.
First on the calendar is the Heffle Cuckoo Fair on 27th April 11-4pm on the Recreation Ground behind The Half Moon Inn, Cade Street near Heathfield. Raising money for #DemelzaHospice
Bank Holiday weekend Spring Live! on 5th and 6th May 9-5pm Ardingly Showground near Haywards Heath. Yes the first BH weekend of the year, and don't we just love it! Will it be the first BBQ, picnic or a chance to get on with the garden? Come and buy some cider (find us in the Food Hall) for that BBQ or picnic and even buy some plants for the garden.
Not forgetting Heathfield Agricultural Show on 25th May 8-5.15pm. We'll be in the Farmers Market area. Make sure you visit us early as we sold out by 2pm last year - I told you, it's popular stuff.
See you there.
If you haven't organised a treat for your loved one yet, or you fancy a change from the usual flowers and chocolates, get in touch for free local delivery! Contact us today (or early tomorrow morning for the very disorganised!!) place and pay for your order (£30 for a case of 12 bottles) and we will deliver locally (Crowborough, Uckfield and surrounding villages) for free. We'll even add a red ribbon. So email firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost December! How did that happen?
I can't believe it's nearly December. We are still in the middle of cider production and our weekends are soon to be taken up with various fairs and events. This Saturday we will be at High Hurstwood School Christmas Bazaar with mulled cider at the pop-up bar and cafe and bottle sales there too. There are great raffles and tombolas. I hope I win the 'Christmas Day in a Sleigh' raffle - almost everything you need for Christmas dinner, apart from the cook! We will also be mulling cider at Wilderness Woods in Hadlow Down on various weekend dates in December. So come along, get your tree and join in the woodland experience.
Summer in Sussex!
Here at Hurstwood Cider we like to support local fairs and markets. We are already booked for the Heffle Cuckoo Fair on 21st April and the Heathfield Show on 26th May. It is also nice to be approached by organisers keen to have us at their event. We love meeting customers and talking about our product with you, so I look forward to chatting to many of you soon!
New Year, New Events
With January nearly over our minds turn to events and fairs for this year. Our first is this Sunday 28th at Oast Farm in Buxted. We will be serving cups of Hot Mulled Cider at their annual Wassail between 12 and 2.30pm. Bring your wellies and enjoy a short. torch-lit walk into the orchards followed by a bit of dancing (Morris or otherwise) back at the farm shop. It's lots of fun! Greenery in your hair/hat is optional!
Hurstwood Cider will be offering tastings and will have bottles for you to take home and Mulled Cider for you to enjoy at the following events over the coming weeks. Do pop along for your free samples and a chat about how we make cider in this beautiful corner of East Sussex.
High Hurstwood Christmas Market - Today! Sat 25th Nov 3-6 pm at The Hurstwood pub.
Cumnor House School Christmas Fayre, Danehill - Fri 1st Dec 10-4 pm
Forest Row Farmers Market - Sat 2nd Dec 1-6 pm
Wilderness Woods, Hadlow Down - Sun 3rd, Sat 9th and Sun 10th Dec. Meet up with friends, choose your Christmas Tree and warm yourself by the fire.
#Christmasfair #Christmasmarket #Christmastree #christmascheer #gathertogether #mulledcider
Great Taste Award
Hurstwood Cider Medium Dry has won 1 star in the prestigious Great Taste Awards this year. Great Taste, run by the Guild of Fine Food is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. Some 500 judges put over 12,000 products through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste. We are very proud to have won a star in this award which shows that our cider delivers fantastic flavour. Have you enjoyed a bottle recently? #greattasteawards #cider #summer17 #buylocal
Hang in there parents, carers and commuters (I hope the roads will be quieter for you) it's nearly the end of term. Good luck to all families moving on to new classes and schools. Enjoy the summer holidays, you all deserve it! #schoolsout #summerhols #summer17 #keepcalm
We won an Award!
Bronze Award in the British Cider Championships at the Royal Bath and West Show. It's been a busy few weeks at Cider HQ with orders coming in, village fete's every weekend and that glorious British sunshine, and in amongst all the comings and goings an email landed on my virtual door mat - OUR 1st AWARD. These awards are judged on taste as the panel do not see any labels or marketing. We were up against some pretty stiff competition, it is held in Shepton Mallet the capital of cider making in the UK. We are really pleased our Medium Cider did so well! If you haven't tried it, visit our stockists page to find out where to buy and ask for a bottle of 'Award Winning' Hurstwood Cider.
We got through to the finals in this category last year, please vote for us. Whilst you're voting, why not vote for your favourite, pub, florist or cafe. If your favourite isn't there, why not nominate them. Here's the link http://sussex.muddystilettos.co.uk/awards
If you haven't already found us, we are on Twitter @hurstwoodcider and Instagram hurstwoodcider. Lovely photos of our cider, beautiful Sussex countryside and updates on events we are attending. We also retweet news from local producers so you'll all know where it's happening! #Sussex #Cider #events #local
Stocking up for Easter
We've been busy making deliveries to some of our existing stockists. Many of whom are based next to some of the prettiest spring countryside. Get out there and explore #Sussex. With the school holidays upon us, we visited #PevenseyBay today, we seemed to have the #beach to ourselves #stoneskimming #wavejumping . On our journey home we delivered our first stock of #cider to @SharnfoldFarm Stone Cross, a busy farm shop with a delightful cafe and #Easter events coming up. Well worth a visit!
Spring is in the Air
We set out with a plan to produce a modern cider which is crisp and entirely natural. It has been a learning journey and a labour of love.