A day of cider pressing, cooking, tasting and… throwing!

Getting to know their onions: hands-on cooking with cider

In January, Cider.Space and Exeter Cookery School celebrated the ancient, wintery, cider-based custom of wassailing, with a course of cider-based cooking techniques and dishes. Just in time for the 2017 vintage.

The full-day course included a guide to making, selecting, enjoying and using cider, from Cider.Space, plus cookery skills and recipes taught by chef/tutor Jim Fisher and cider tastings led by Stable Pizza head of cider Tim Gibb. Hands-on demonstrations included pressing cider and some spectacular Asturian cider-throwing techniques.

Great location on Exeter’s Quayside

The event took place at Exeter Cookery School on the city’s historic Quayside, the perfect place to celebrate an old cider tradition by learning new ways to cook

Jim’s cookery lessons are relaxed, fun and fulfilling. He’s a former Masterchef semi-finalist who started his career in the kitchens of Exeter’s White Hart Hotel before going on to cook alongside Rick Stein in Padstow, Alistair Little in Notting Hill, London and with Tony Tobin of Ready Steady Cook fame.

Cider-tastings throughout the day

Tim Gibb, head of cider at Stable Pizza led the cider tasting. Former-chef Tim really knows his stuff. He’s the one who trains the West Country cider and pizza chain’s sommelier-style cidermasters. Tim brought a selection for sampling, ranging from a single varietal craft cider to an ice cider by way of keeved and smoked ciders.


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