As autumn set in we’re looking forward to open fires, cosy nights and celebrating the season with a cider (or two!).
At the moment, we are busy planning our first ever festival dedicated to the cider drinkers among you. It might be our first one, but we’re certainly not planning on doing it by halves. We’ll be championing 14 craft cider mills on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October.
We’ve called in our panel of expert cider drinking friends who have have chosen ciders from as far and wide as Somerset and Devon, Wales and beyond. You’ll be quenching your thirst with everything from heritage, fruit and mulled ciders to perries and scrumpies.
You can look forward to Ross On Wye’s full-bodied Alpaca Perry (named after the alpacas that graze their pear orchards in Herefordshire), Westcrofts’ medium dry Janet’s Jungle Juice (which won a CAMRA award for its deep texture and fruity flavour) and Lilley’s Gladiator (the strongest cider on offer at 8.5% abv). We’re also pretty excited about Pulp’s seasonal Damson or Beetroot & Orange autumnal ciders. We think these might well be the first sell out of the night!
After 6 years of the LS6 Beer Festival, we want our beer loving friends to be at home too, so we’ll adding a selection of local beers and cask ales to the bar.
Local suppliers Bears Pantry will be there to dish up sausages, sides and veggie options, while Leeds Bread Co-op and That Old Chestnut satisfy your sweet tooth with autumnal spiced pumpkin loaf, stem ginger cake, chocolate tiffin’s and doughnuts.
Manchester’s Foxtales will take to the stage on Saturday and to make sure there’s never a dull moment, Baewatch DJs and Dirty Otter DJs will be spinning their retro hip-hop, pop, disco and heavy soul too.
We’ve been working closely with Phil Kennedy and his team from The Real Cider Company based in Hebden Bridge. Paul knows everything there is to know about cider and he’ll be sharing his passion with us, leading cider discussions and pulling a few drinks too.
We just hope we can follow though with the early evening sunshine we’ve promised you!
Left Bank Cider Festival 2016 runs from Friday 14 to Saturday 15 October 2016. Tickets available – Friday Evening (6-11:30pm) £6, Saturday All Day (12-11:30pm) £10, Saturday Afternoon (12-6pm) £6 or Saturday Evening (6-11:30pm) £6.
This is a fundraising event for Antioch Trust LTd. (charity number 1146734).