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May and October are Cider & Perry Months!

CAMRA supports and campaigns for cider and perry throughout the year, and we spotlight it with celebrations in October and May.

Why May and October?

Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider and perry is generally a seasonal product and can only be made when the fruit is ripe. Production is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and perry pear trees found in orchards around the country.

The month of May was chosen because it is when the orchards come into bloom and fruit begins to set. Cider and perry production from the previous year reaches maturity in May and can start being enjoyed so it’s also a time for celebration of the fruits of cider makers labour!

October is an equally busy time in the cider makers calendar, when fruit is harvested, milled, pressed and stored for fermentation and cider and perry production is in full flow.

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CAMRA’s celebrations

Every May and October we release new online content throughout the month, celebrate the work of key producers and campaigners in the cider and perry world, and highlight some of the most exciting events organised by CAMRA branches or open to the public. Make sure to check back here during the campaign to see everything that Cider and Perry Month has to offer!

More resources

Find more about the publication of ‘Perry: A Drinker’s Guide, or head over to our ‘Promoting real cider and perry page’ to see how CAMRA campaigns for real cider and perry throughout the rest of the year too.

If you’re a CAMRA member and you’d like to celebrate Cider and Perry Month then you can find a Campaigns Pack with everything you need to get started over in our Members Area.