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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 Indoor/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."

The Cider Barn is going to be this big!

Yes really - the Cider Barn is going to be this big! Watch the video!

The Cider Barn

Unlike in previous years at the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival, the temporary move to the Motorpoint Arena has necessitated a new single area be used, with all of the cider and perry located in one spot. So for the next couple of years at the Arena, the cider and perry bars will be housed inside the large area directly adjacent to and leading from the main floor of the Arena - so all of the 2018 cider and perry will be in one convenient single location. Look for the large "The Cider Barn" banner and come right in. There will be an area for tables and seating in The Cider Barn too.

As usual we will have our unique East Midlands Cider Bar which this year will feature a record 26 cider makers from within the East Midlands CAMRA Region featuring around 65 different ciders and perries. Wednesday afternoon will see the judging for the winners of the East Midlands CAMRA Cider Championship with those walking away with the rosettes announced late in the afternoon. The Gold winners in the cider & perry competitions will go on to represent our Region in the National Cider & Perry Competition held in Reading in 2019.

This year we have tried to source more Single Variety ciders & perries so that the true taste and flavour of the individual varieties of cider apple or perry pear can be explored and experienced. A big fuss is made of hop varieties and single-hop beers - so why not ciders? Expect to find some interesting ciders made from old varieties of cider apples with such exotic and evocative names as "Slack-ma-Girdle", "Hangdown", "Broxwood Foxwhelp" & "Crimson King" to name just a few. Perry is often in very short supply, but we have been able to source more this year including Single Variety perry made from old perry pears with names such as "Hendre Huffcap", "Putloe Pucker", "Brandy" & "Rock". We also have the best blended cider and perry from craft makers situated in the North, South, East & West of the United Kingdom - including our always popular Welsh Cider & Perry Bar.

Remember too that all of our Cider Bar Managers and many of the Cider Bar volunteers are cider makers in their own right as well as cider drinkers, so they will be very happy and able to answer your questions, and help guide you to a cider or perry that suits your palate best.

*Update* :

- We have 69 different styles of cider & perry from 25 Local (within 35 miles) and East Midlands producers from within the East Midlands CAMRA Region
- There are 20 makers of cider & perry (seidr & perai) from Wales supplying us with 63 different styles of cider & perry
- There are 154 different styles of cider & perry from other makers across the UK
- The total number of different styles of cider & perry to be featured at this year's NRHBCF is 286
- Total number of cider makers supplying NRHBCF18 = 108

The Cider Lists are here!

The latest 2018 Cider & Perry Lists are now available by following these links to view and download in : .pdf format | Word | Excel |Please note we reserve the right to initiate minor tweaks/changes prior to the opening of the Festival which will be reflected in the documents on this page. We thank you for your patience and indulgence.

Please note that all of the cider & perry we stock is both vegan & vegetarian friendly and gluten free!

Provisional 2018 List of Cider Makers & Suppliers of Ciders & Perries to the Festival (subject to minor changes) here

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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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