The Malvern Autumn Show, in partnership with Westons Cider Visitor Centre, is putting Orchards and their produce at the ‘core’ of this year’s show.
Malvern Autumn Show once again celebrates seasonal bounty by championing the produce from the orchards of the three counties and beyond. The Westons Cider Bar will quench the thirst of showgoers with their award-winning ciders and the Orchard Pavilion plays host to a vintage cider display as well as an array of artisan producers and the much loved Festival of Perry.
Here are some top facts on cider and perry.
- 56% of apples grown in the UK are used to make cider with over 350 varieties, almost one for every day of the year.
- Westons Cider produce over 40 million litres of cider a year and press all of their own fruit.
- Perry Pear trees can produce fruit for as long as 250 years but are very slow growing which led to the old English saying that you “plant a Pear for an heir”.
- Farmworkers wages historically included four pints of cider a day!
- A Perry tree can grow as large as an English Oak with the largest and produce up to 7 tons of fruit a year
- When at war with wine producing countries such as France and Portugal, the British aristocracy turned to Perry as an alternative to champagne.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Modern science has confirmed this old belief. Cider apples are high in dietary fibre, vitamin C and carotenoids, which are now recognised as a useful protect against illnesses.
- In the 14th century infants were baptised in cider as it was potentially more sanitary than water.
- Perry cider has its own recognised Protected Geographical Indication which is the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
- The ancient practice of wassailing is still practiced in cider producing counties in England. Reveller visit orchards, reciting incantations and singing songs to promote a good harvest for the coming year.
The Malvern Autumn Show takes place on Saturday 23 September and Sunday 24 September. Tickets are now on sale and are cheaper if purchased in advance. Prices start at £16 in advance for adults and £5 for children. Family, group and concession tickets are available.
For information, please visit www.malvernautumn.co.uk or call 01684 584924.