Our first cider Masterclass!

We held our first event exclusively for our Loyalty Club members last week and have to say it was a resounding success. In the café we were joined by well-loved fine cider makers Cornish Orchards for a full hour of cider tastings. Chris Newton, head Cidermaker, fascinated us with the ins and outs of cider making and the different techniques that are involved in creating their diverse range of drinks. Loyalty Club members were treated to four different ciders expertly crafted by Cornish Orchards and the event was made extra special with an exclusive tasting of the newly released Westnorth Manor Cider, a dry, biscuity, bottle-fermented bubbly designed for special occasions.

Each Cider was perfectly matched with exquisite dishes that our head chef Nik Tinney whipped up in the kitchen, all of which enhanced or changed the flavours of the different ciders being tasted. Our guests were surprised (and so were we to be honest) to find that Blush cider tasted sweeter with the chocolate stout cake we serve in our café and that the still Farmhouse cider (the one in the traditional flagon) was completely overpowered by the vintage, 3-year matured  Davidstow Cheddar, but worked beautifully with the pungent Keltic Gold from Whalesborough Cheese based near Bude.

After the event wrapped up, guests were handed goodie bags and many found themselves  wandering over to our fridges to stock up on the foods and drinks they had tasted.

We received some fantastic feedback about the afternoon. One Loyalty Club cardholder said it was ‘A welcome treat for regular customers’ and ’ interesting to hear more about cider making in general as well as the details of the different ciders that we tried.  We hadn’t thought at all about food and cider matching.’

Events like this are just one of the benefits that our Loyalty Club cardholders receive.  If you would like to be involved in similar exclusive events and aren’t already in our Loyalty Club, find out more by calling 01872 306060 or emailing store@greatcornishfood.co.uk