If you enjoy your cider, this weekend holds a once-a-year treat for you.
Starting at 10am on Saturday 20th October, the annual Fâis’sie d’Cidre is a celebration of the apple, food, entertainment and good old family fun, held within the beautiful grounds of Hamptonne Country Life Museum. The festival continues throughout the day and during Sunday 21st October, with the ‘Sounds and Cider’ Festival taking stage during the Saturday evening.
The Cider Festival’s highlight is the traditional process of crushing apples and making cider, a process that is part of Jersey’s rich and unique agricultural heritage. Visitors will experience the sight of apple crushing and cider making as it used to be, as a horse walks around the Chausey granite crusher in the middle of Hamptonne’s original cider press. The apple pulp is then layered with Hessian and pressed, the extracted juice transferred to barrels and laid down to age, gradually becoming local Jersey cider.
As well as cider making and, of course, a touch of sampling, the festival will host a wide range of stalls and events for the whole family. For food-lovers, there will be local pork and a hog roast, Genuine Jersey market stalls, chutneys, black butter preserves and home-made Jersey Wonders. Local crafts and traditions will be on display throughout the weekend, including a Jerriais Language stall, the Jersey Cider Orchard Trust, a craft marquee and an exhibition of archive photographs.
From 6pm on Saturday 20th October, the traditional stalls and cider making will give way to an evening of music and cider, as live music, local ciders and good food take centre stage. Hamptonne’s grounds will enjoy the sound of local bands the Brian White Band, Kevin Pallot and the Pinnacles, and deNova Blues.
Hamptonne Travel Directions
On Saturday and Sunday, Connex Bus routes 26a, 26b, 25, 27 will run from St Helier to Carfour Selous and a temporary event bus stop located just after Three Oaks, a short walking distance from Hamptonne. Jersey Heritage will be running a free shuttle service to and from the bus stops between 10am – 4pm. From 9.30pm on Saturday, Jersey Heritage will run a coach service directly from Hamptonne to St Helier. Tickets for the coach will be available to purchase on the night and will include free entry into a raffle.
Parking is available just five minutes walk away from Hamptonne, with the shuttle service also available from the car park between 10am and 4pm. Disabled and cycle parking is located in the Hamptonne car park.