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.
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!
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
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
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
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!
Join us @OastFarmShop in Buxted for their annual #Wassail this Sunday 22nd January. We'll be selling #Mulledcider to warm you up after a short walk to the apple trees. There'll be #MorrisDancers Rev Peter Owen-Jones and other refreshments. Wellies advisable!
We are now stocked in @Symposium_Wine in Lewes. We always listen to our customers and a personal recommendation from @BarbaraRayner1 has lead us to Symposium, another #independent Wine Merchant #Lewes #Sussex to add to our stockists. Rob and Henry know a lot about their stock and are passionate about local produce. Whatever your tastes and budget let their knowledge guide you this Christmas.
It seems we've only just put the flip-flops away and we start talking about Christmas! Here at Hurstwood Cider we've been busy booking some Christmas Fairs and Markets to keep you in #cider supplies and get you in the mood. So, if you like to plan your weekends in advance put these fairs in your #diary. Wed 26th Oct Apple Day at East Dean 10-12.30. Sat 19th Nov Heffle Cuckoo Christmas Market at Punnetts Town 10-4. Sat 26th Nov Chiddingstone Castle near Edenbridge 10-4. Sat 3rd Dec Forest Row Christmas Market 12-5pm. Come and say hello and try both of our delicious ciders.
Wow, an English #Bankholidayweekend with sunshine is a rare and beautiful thing. So get out into the lovely #Sussex countryside, meet #friends, get together with #family and share a refreshing bottle of @hurstwoodcider. Check out our stockists page for where to buy and where to enjoy!
Head over to Quaff on #Kings Parade and stock up on #Hurstwood Cider. Our second stockist within #BrightonHove so now you can take our #cider home to enjoy! @quaffwine
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.