Perry Day (Applefest 2023)

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This event is not bookable online. Please call the box office on 01432 340555 or pop into the foyer to book in person.

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Fancy tasting some of the world’s best perries? Finding out why perry is so incredibly special yet also considered an endangered species? And all for FREE! The Three Counties Cider & Perry Association is joining with The Courtyard to host the world’s first Perry Day as part of the 2023 Hereford AppleFest.

Join a host of Herefordshire’s finest perry makers and experts in an exploration of this iconic drink on the world’s first Perry Day. Five free talks & tastings are planned throughout the day – book for one or come for all. This is your chance to not only learn about everything that goes into making perry, from bud to bottle, but also to taste your way through some of the finest bottles from our makers’ cellars, and to see for yourself some of the fascinating pears that go into these drinks.


All talks are free with no booking required although the group size will be capped so reserve your tickets now

Tickets will also be available on the day, but do arrive early to secure your place!

You must be over 18 to participate in the tastings.


11am: Character and history from multi-award-winning James Marsden, Gregg’s Pit, and the rare pear champion himself, Albert Johnson, Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry

12noon: Small batches and new faces, with Jeremy Harris, Cwm Maddoc, and Redvers’ David Nash, in conversation with Adam Wells of Cider Review

1pm: Gabe Cook, the Ciderologist, joins the world-renowned Tom Oliver, Oliver’s Cider & Perry, to rifle through his trophy-winning perry list

2pm: Natural sparkles, classic techniques and single varietals from Susanna Forbes, Little Pomona, and Martin Harris, Butford Organics.

3pm: Environment and fruit to the fore, as Paul Stephens, Newton Court Cider, and Lydia Crimp, Artistraw Cider, take you through their favourites.

Throughout the day – meet the pears themselves, with our pop-up exhibition from the National Perry Pear Collection, Hartpury.