Neil Clapperton has been in touch with the following request:

Dear all,

I’d like to bring Gabe Cook, the Ciderologist north from Herefordshire to Aberdeen to entertain and inform, but also help facilitate the setting up of a network of those interested in craft cider making (or sampling) across the North East, Angus, Tayside and the Highlands. You can find him on Instagram and Youtube.

If you are interested in setting up community orchards, or community cider making, have a start-up cider business or just want to make a batch of cider at home, this is someone well worth listening to, with lots of international experience and passion about both cider and perry. Just like wine in the 80’s and beer in the last two decades, the craft of cider is really taking off across the globe and in places far from traditional heartlands. Gabe has just written an entertaining introduction to it, which you can buy from Waterstones I’m sure.

You may be an existing cider producer or a commercial organisation with an interest in this area, and I’d like to hear from you too. The potential for food and drink enterprises based on apple production is significant and a key focus for the Chamber of Commerce and ambitions to diversify the rural/urban economy.

If you are interested and might come, please tell me. I need to gauge interest to choose a venue.

If you know someone who has dabbled in cider or is serious about it, then please pass it on but also put them in touch with me direct if you can. Are you a member of a group or community body that might be interested? Please share with them too.

And call if you want to discuss.

In any event I would love to hear from you.

Kind regards


Neil Clapperton
M: 07765 19637