Books and cyder - the perfect match!
Just like Hay-on-Wye. But in Hackney.
... is how Time Out describes this cool but serious literary festival in north east London.
Now in its fifth year, the Stoke Newington Literary Festival celebrates N16‘s long history of literature (Edgar Allen Poe, Daniel Defoe, Mary Wollstonecraft & Anna Laetitia Barbauld lived here) and radical thinking (the Founding Fathers came through the area to pick up the latest ideas from the group of non-conformist academics who settled here).
Aspall have supported the Festival for a few years and the cyder was going down a storm at the marquee bar outside Stoke Newington Town Hall in the warm weather.
Lively music and the buzz of literary conversation, mixed with slurps of summery drinks including our new Isabel’s Berry which was an almost perfect match for the Festival’s vibrant pink branding!
Pete Brown, well-respected beer and cider writer, is co-organiser of the Festival, so of course drinks play a part. Pete hosted a
reading from his latest book the World’s Best Cider, which has just been awarded Drinks Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. See our earlier
blog post about the book.
To discuss the world’s most misunderstood drink Pete was joined by two cider makers including London Glider, who make cider in using apples foraged within London. The other maker was Hallets Real Welsh Cider from south Wales who represented the real revival of cider making in the country. The talking was made all the more enjoyable by tasting their drinks. We wrapped up with tasting Aspall Imperial Vintage 265 - the first of our Imperial made with apples from the autumn 2013 harvest.
Over the rest of the weekend there were talks from culinary goddess Claudia Roden, Mog (yes the children’s cat, A L Kennedy and poet Lem Sissy). The crowds were sophisticated North Londoners and yes, Aspall, may be a country cousin but we enjoyed ourselves enormously and will be back next year.