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"New for 2018 - visit the Cider Barn, all of the ciders in one location right in the heart of the festival"

Extract from Steve Westby Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival Organiser

"Nottingham's Outdoor Beer Festival!

Yes, you read that right, our beer festival is again this year mostly outside. It is at the Motorpoint Arena, but this is the Arena as you will have never seen it before. It is true that some of the bars will be on the ice (covered and insulated!), but this area leads directly to the outside Backstage beer Garden, where one of two stages will be located.

There are in fact two large outdoor areas, the Backstage Beer Garden, with brewery bars, food and other stalls and live music, and the Bolero Square village which also offers bars, stalls and live music! Both with areas where you are free to smoke or vape if you so wish.

We also have a Cider Barn, just off the ice, in another area you will not have seen before. This will offer our usual large selection of ciders and perries plus seating."

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CAMRA East Midlands Cider Championships 2017

The 2017 competition was held on the Wednesday afternoon of this year's Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival and again produced worthy winners. This is the 7th year of this unique showcase of East Midland's cider makers, the winners of the draught categories going on to represent the Region in the National CAMRA Cider Championships held in Reading in May 2018.

Twenty judges from a varied spectrum of experiences and knowledge tasted and scored the entries in the draught cider, draught perry and bottled cider classes. We'd like to thank all of the judges for giving up their time and taking on the task in a very professional way, under the stewardship of Luke Bettison, who stepped in to organise this year's competition.

The results are as follows:

Draught Cider.
Gold: Sisson & Smith, Eastwood "Traditional Cider" - Medium.
Silver: Charnwood Cider, Loughborough "Bradgate Hunter"
Bronze: Oakfield Farm, Stanley Common, Ilkeston "Taste Of The Orchard"
Draught Perry.
Blue Barrel, Clifton "Cropwell Perry"
Bottled Cider.
Gold: Oakfield Farm, Stanley Common, Ilkeston "Taste Of The Orchard"
Silver: Kniveton Cider, Kniveton, Ashbourne "Wynnsum"
Bronze: Gladstone Cider, Loughborough "101"

2017 Draft Cider Winners

Winners in the Draught Cider Competition: (L-R) Gold for Alistair from Sisson & Smith; Silver for Rob from Charnwood Cider; Bronze for Andrew from Oakfield Cider.

Draft Perry Winner

Competition Organiser Luke Bettison presents the Gold Award to Leo from Blue Barrel for the Draught Perry Competition.

Oakfield Bottled Gold Award

Luke presents Andrew from Oakfield Farm Cider with the Gold award

Knoveton Coder Silver Award

Kevin & Hannah from Kniveton Cider collect their Silver award for "Wynnsum".

Gladstone Bronze Award

Andy from Gladstone Cider shows off his Bronze award for their "101".

Images & Captions of the Cider Championships 2017 provided by and courtesy and © of Ray Blockley

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