A royal welcoming for Cornish Orchards at the Royal Cornwall Show 2018

A royal welcoming for Cornish Orchards at the Royal Cornwall Show 2018

Cornish Orchards had a royal welcome at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show with a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall, helping to kick off the first day of the UK’s largest and highly anticipated food and farming event here in Cornwall.

This year, the show had a total of 119,201 visitors who flooded the gates of the show eager to experience what the Royal Cornwall had to offer. This was an increase in 8,000 from last year.

There is something for everyone at the Royal Cornwall Show and is the country’s biggest annual event and is in its 225th year, showcasing all that is best in food and farming. With over 1,000 exhibitors, the show is packed full of entertainment, shopping, food and drink, and competitions which included the first Cider Championships in 200 years.

The highlight of this year’s show was a visit from their Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Cornish Orchards were selected as one of the stalls within the food and farming tent, to receive a royal visit. Margaret, you may know her friendly face from our farm Cider shop or at previous events, was on hand to speak to Camilla all about our products and provenance.


The Cornish Cider Bar and Cider Championships

This year at the Royal Cornwall Show, was the introduction of the Cornish Cider Bar, The Dreckly Inn. Here people were able to sample around 50 types of cider from around the UK.

Committee member, Cornish Orchards Founder, Andy Atkinson and Customer Care Manager Amanda Stone have been very busy working with the team at The Dreckly Inn for several months to plan and put the Cornish Cider Bar together ready for the show. With the glorious weather, the bar was a big draw to many people during the show and with the glorious sunshine, this really put people in the mood for cider. What better way to introduce them to the best ciders from around the country.

The Cider Championships, which were held at the Cornish Cider Bar, was the first cider competition held at the Royal Cornwall Show in 200 years and was a real success. Prince Charles enjoyed a visit to The Dreckly Inn to taste a variety of the ciders that we being judged.

There were eight classes in total that were open to enter for both hobbyists and professional cider makers. Cornish Orchards Dry Cider was awarded Gold for the ‘Open Dry Class’.

Judges on the day included Cider Consultant Bob Chaplin, Chris Coles from Green Valley Cyder Ltd, and Padstow’s very own Celebrity Chef, Paul Ainsworth.

This was an important year as Cornwall’s rich heritage and long-held tradition in cider making has once again come to the forefront of the industry showcasing the quality in our products and craft.  


Here are some more images from the show:





13th June 2018

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