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Festivals & events

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The Clytha Arms, near Abergavenny

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What's it all about?

This is the society's premier event of the year, where you can try the perries and ciders of all its members. It's a festival of the taste-buds, where you can match some of Britain's best ciders and perry with the great food offered by the Clytha Arms - much of which is locally sourced.



 Could this be the best bank holiday recipe in the world? Take a long weekend, an award winning country pub, live music and over eighty ciders and perries (pear cider) to taste, and the Welsh Perry and Cider Festival promises to be one great weekend out for thirsty festival-goers.













From 24-25 May, the Clytha Arms in Abergavenny will be hosting the annual festival, which sees members of the Welsh Perry and Cider Society compete for the title of Champion Welsh Cider and Champion Welsh Perry. The ciders and perries are tasted and scored by visitors, before the final judge’s decision is made. With live music all weekend and award-winning local food from the Clytha Arms –named pub of the year four times by CAMRA – this is certain to be a weekend to remember. There’s even free camping at the pub for those who book in advance.













In honour of the festival, the Clytha Arms has cooked a special ‘cider menu’ for revellers, including perry-poached sea bass and cider sausages, proving that cider is good not just for drinking.













Festival organiser Fiona Matthews said:




“This festival promises to be the perfect recipe for a bank holiday weekend. The ciders and perries made by our members use only Welsh fruits so they really do promise to be a true taste of .













“With great food and live music there’s something for everyone here – and for those who think cider isn’t their thing, they should come and sample the delights of traditional Welsh apple juice or perry – best described as like a sweet white wine it’s bound to go down a storm with wine-lovers.”













The festival runs from 24th-25th May from the Clytha Arms, Abergavenny (tel 01873 840206). For more information on the Welsh Perry and Cider Festival visit or













Saturday is the day all the makers judge the Welsh Perry and Cider Championships - the judges having tried about 40 perries and ciders before lunch! The winners are announced in the afternoon - when they have all recovered!Presenting awards at the festival

As always, the festival is to be held at the Clytha Arms just outside of Abergavenny, where entrance for all three days is free. Visitors are also welcome to pitch a tent for free in specified areas at the Clytha, but you will need to book ahead and leave a fully refundable deposit.

How did it all start?

In 2001 the Welsh Cider Society was formed by the new artisans of natural, craft perries and ciders, and in 2003 the society received CAMRA's Pomona Award for "their outstanding work raising the profile of Welsh real cider and perry; encouraging the planting and identifying of old varieties".

The perries and ciders of Wales all have their own individual characteristics and flavours. They are all different, but what they do have in common is their disitnct difference from the chemically industrial ciders made from concentrate. These natural, craft perries and ciders are made to sip and savour.

A hard day's apple pickingCider used to be the poor relation of wine and beer, but not any more. With an alcoholic content, and therefore price, somewher between beer and wine, natural Welsh cider and perry has carved a niche for itself, and is appearing in increasing number of pubs and restaurants. It's just great as an accompaniment to food such as artisanal Welsh cheeses, or can simply be enjoyed on its own by the half pint.

The festival at the Clytha is now in its fifth year and is traditionally held over Whitsun Bank Holiday. The festival was set up to allow perry and cider-makers from across Wales to come together to share their knowledge with each other and the interested public. Each year at the festival, the perry and cider championships are held, so competition is kept very much alive. Ultimatley the aim of the festival is to raise the profile of these fantastic handcrafted products and have a fantastic time in the process!

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