The chorus of a famous Asturian song goes: “Cantaba una ñerbata dende un manzanu el que no bebe sidra non ye asturianu” (“Those who don’t drink cider are not Asturian,” sang a magpie from an apple tree.). For the same reason, you cannot miss a visit to the 22nd Natural Cider Festival, between 27th August and 1st September, whether you are Asturian or just visiting.
Another song goes “Como me gusta la sidra por eso planto pumares también me gusta cantar de noche per los llagares” (“I enjoy cider so I plant orchards, I also like singing in cider houses in the evenings”), which illustrates very well the idea that cider is accompanied by festivity and Cancios de Chigre (cider tavern songs). Besides being part of the programme at the Cider Festival, it is usual in Asturias for friends and those present in the tavern to sing popular songs like En el pozo María Luisa (In the Maria Luisa Pit), Gijón del Alma (Gijón of my Heart and Soul) and, unfailingly, Asturias Patria Querida (Asturias, Beloved Homeland), accompanied by a sup (or more!) of cider.
At this listed regional tourist interest festival, local cider mills provide their best bottles for the public to taste, allowing you to discover that each cider has a different colour, flavour and aroma.
There are also many more activities in the Plaza Mayor, the Jardines de la Reina, the marina and Poniente Beach related to the world of apples, such as the Cider and Apple street market, where you will find all kinds of traditional Asturian artisan produce, a Cider Pouring Contest and the much-anticipated Simultaneous cider pouring record-breaking attempt. Why not come and help beat the record of 7,883 pourers?
Let’s have a sup (or more!) of cider at the 22nd Natural Cider Festival!