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The History of Cider in Herefordshire

Talks - General Interest; Talks - Food and Drink; Talks - Seasonal

Event Description

Uncover the history of our most famous beverage and find out how it is made. The illustrated talk covers the history of cider-making, particularly in Herefordshire, referring to Viscount Scudamore and the famous Redstreak cider apple and the very high quality of Herefordshire cider in the 17th century, as well as the 19th c. foundation of Weston’s and Bulmer’s. I explore the varieties of cider apples and perry pears that have been developed specifically to make the drinks as full of flavour as possible. I talk about the process of making cider and perry, from the old stone horse-driven mills to the mechanised methods of today. The talk finishes with a ten-minute film, made by myself and my husband John, showing the various processes from the collecting of the fruit to the bottling of the final product.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Penny Platts

Meet The Speaker, Penny

After taking early retirement as a Primary School head teacher, Penny trained as a Tour Guide at Hereford Cathedral and became a Registered Tour Guide for Herefordshire. This has led to an obsession with local history in general, and a particular interest in the parish churches of her home county. She is one of the Churchwardens at her local Parish Church, and is involved in a variety of projects and fundraising there. She and her husband John have travelled widely around the world, putting together several presentations from these visits. They have prepared a total of seventeen talks, which Penny regularly gives to a wide range of local organisations and clubs - on average about eighty talks annually.

Preparing for the Event

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