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Judges toast cider brewers

Dave Watkins is presented with the Wassail Cup. Photo: Haddenham.net

Dave Watkins is presented with the Wassail Cup. Photo: Haddenham.net

Cider-makers have been celebrating after their brews won top prizes at a Haddenham competition.

Blind tasting of a wide variety of styles and flavours was carried out by judges at the second Haddenham cider competition, who agreed that all the brews were of good quality.

First prize and winner of the Wassail Cup was Dave Watkins with his brew ‘HappyL’, made with apples from his garden at Fort End.

Second prize went to Richard Moore with his cider ‘Railway Embankment’, made with apples from near the railway station, while two joint third prizes were awarded to Greg Smith and David Lyons for their offerings ‘The Gables’ and ‘Resilient Rat’ respectively.

Margot Hodson, vicar of Haddenham and leader of the judging panel, said that all the ciders were considerably better than the ‘bland’ industrial ciders and were comparable to good craft ciders you can find in Somerset and Herefordshire.

The event was held at St Mary’s Centre on January 11 as part of the Haddenham in Transition Low Carbon Party.

 

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