Festival is the way to ripen cider business

Chris Chapman from Colemans Cider
Chris Chapman from Colemans Cider

Handcrafted ciders from across the country, including a brew pressed at Kilham from local apples, will be on offer at the ‘Mid Cider Night’s Dream’ festival at Ruston Parva on 
Saturday 27 June.

The festival, being staged by local cider brewery Colemans Cider, will also feature live music and food, including from Bradford’s World Curry Festival.

It is a milestone for cider lovers Marc Cole and Chris Chapman who started the company around five years ago when they only made a few gallons.

Last year they made almost 100 gallons, all from apples grown in local orchards, including the one at Ruston Parva where the festival will be staged.

Marc, who is originally from Bath, said the company would not be registered as a food producer until next year, so until then would not be able to sell cider, only give it away for people to try.

He said: “A small, local festival seemed to be the ideal next stage for the business.

“It will give people the opportunity to try some of our own cider, made right here in the Yorkshire Wolds.

“This will be supplemented by a number of West Country ciders from award winning craft cider makers like Hecks and Perrys, as well as other Yorkshire ciders.”

Posters for the event are already up in the Kings Head in Nafferton, the Butchers Dog and Dinning Room in Driffield and The Old Star in Kilham. And Marc says tickets are selling well (there are only 300 available).

Live music at the festival will be provided by The Smugglers, Dogfinger and Steve and Carrie Martin, among others.

For tickets go to Eventbrite.