VILLAVICIOSA CIDER FESTIVAL 2020/ Festival de la Sidra de Villaviciosa 2020

Villaviciosa, one of the most renowned cider spots in Asturias, is celebrating their local festivities, from Friday 11th to Wednesday 16th September. Following the procedures laid down by the health authorities, two of the most important cider contests have been held in camera, with access control and limited seating these days. The XXVII edition of…

GIJON CIDER FESTIVAL ’20 / Fiesta de la Sidra de Gijón ’20

The capital city of the Spanish Green Coast has just celebrated their XXVIV edition of the Natural Cider Festival in an atypical way, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Thus, some of the major activities, such as the XXVII Official Pouring Contest or the Best Cider Award, known as “Golden Praise”, have been held in camera….

CIDER WORLD 2020

The Cider World’20 Frankfurt Cider Fair will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so all exhibitors will present themselves and their products online from 13th to 30th August. The awards ceremony was broadcasted this month from the Astor Film Lounge, where the best ciders were awarded in five categories. Asturian Eduardo…

CIDER THROUGH MEMORY/ Sidra en el recuerdo

Sparkling or champagne cider is not new in Asturias, as it  started being produced in the XIX century to be exported in overseas trade. And, though some of the best known brands are still active, like El Gaitero or Mayador, some others are in our memories in the form of beautiful old advertising, both in…

A WORLD OF CIDER/ Un mundo de sidra

Cider is a beverage made all over the world and from many different ingredients that provide for a range of flavours and styles; from tart and dry to sweet and rich, clear or cloudy, still or fizzy. Apart from the amazing varieties found in Asturian cider, different countries offer different cider drinking experiences. While English…

CIDER BETWEEN TWO SPRINGS/ Sidra entre dos primaveras

The cycle of our most typical drink takes place during the months between two springs. Once the pumares (apple trees) blossom, the process culminating with the tasting in the llagar (cider press-house) or chigre (cider bar) starts. Before pouring a culín (glass of cider), the following must happen: PICKING: Pañar the apples. The picking season…

THE CONVIVIAL MEAL, A COMMUNAL RITE/ La espicha, un rito colectivo

Espichas, or convivial meals in Asturias, are ritual celebrations when the cider barrel is opened, after an approximately two-month aging. Once a small hole is opened in the barrel, cider is tasted and then, it is plugged again with a wooden spike called espicha. This is from which this tasting action takes its name and,…