The Royal Bath & West Show – Shepton Mallet – Thursday 1st June 2017

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Once again The Fruiterers had a significant presence at this year’s Royal Bath & West Show. As one of the sponsors of the Orchards and Cider Pavilion not only do we have a stand every day that the Show takes place (Wednesday to Saturday, 31st May to 3rd June 2017) we also provide one of the judges for the cider competition in the person of our Master, Dennis Surgeon.

Liveryman Adrian Padfield and the Clerk at our stand

Liveryman Adrian Padfield and the Clerk at our stand

This year the judges tasted nearly 100 different ciders from home and abroad.

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The Master,  together with “celebrity” judge Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs fame, was tutored by two expert judges (Helen Thomas – Chief Executive of her family owned cider makers Westons, and Nick Bradstock – former Chairman of the Europe Cider Makers Organisation) to ensure that every entry was judged by the same criteria.

The Master & Kevin McCloud with judge

The Master & Kevin McCloud withHelen Thomas

Kevin McCloud in discussion with as the Master looks on

Kevin McCloud in discussion with Nick Bradstock as the Master looks on.

The success of this briefing and guidance can be seen in the fact that all four judges were unanimous in their decisions.

As the decisions were made in the various categories the winners were announced with the exception of the winner of the prestigious Fruiterers’ Cup which was a closely guarded secret until the presentation took place 3 p.m.

After they had completed their task the judges adjourned to the Council Tent for a wonderful lunch in the company of other Fruiterers, their guests, Orchards & Cider Council members and fellow Liverymen and Officers from the Pewterers’, Woolmen’s and Coopers’ Companies.

The winner of the Cup was announced to much applause. Nick Poole (who had also, that morning, won the prestigious Royal Bath & West’s Gold medal for a lifetime’s contribution to the Cider Industry) proved to be a very popular winner with his Lancombe Rising, a French style, keeved cider.

The Master presents the Fruiterers' Cup to Nick Poole

The Master presents the Fruiterers’ Cup to Nick Poole

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Past Master Anthony Turnbull and his wife, Petronell

Past Master Anthony Turnbull and his wife, Petronell

Past Master Anthony Turnbull is recovering from a serious illness so it was good to see him and Petronell at the Show looking extremely fit.

For more information on the results of the cider competition please follow this link: cider-results 

(More details of the cider competition can be found at: http://www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show/whats-on/british-cider-championships)