Mike Beck of Uncle John's Fruit House Winery sent me an email announcing that the man himself Andrew Lea from the U.K. is coming to Michigan for two days of educational cider talks at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO. Andrew Lea is the author of my absolute favorite cider making resource "Craft Cider Making". If you are a cidermaker or have aspitrations to be one you SHOULD ATTEND. If do make it to these events you will be receiving first hand information from one of the world's leading authorities on craft cider. If I wasn't half a continent away it would certainly be hard to keep me from attending.
High Quality Sweet Cider and Apple Juice - A Transatlantic Comparison - Featured Speaker - 9:00 a.m. - Andrew Lea, Wittenham Hill Cider, England
Sweet and Hard Ciders in England - History and Trends - 10:35 a.m. - Andrew Lea, Wittenham Hill Cider, England
Dr. Andrew Lea of Wittenham Hills, England will be the primary speaker for this session. Dr. Lea is a retired chemist/plant biochemist/food scientist and an amateur cider maker. His work in cider began at the Long Ashton Research Station near Bristol, England where received his Ph.D. When the station closed its cider research program, he moved to South Oxfordshire and planted a small cider orchard. After 40 years in and around cider, he has a tremendous amount of knowledge and understanding of hard cider production. He will draw on his publications, scientific background, and experience to present a terrific two-hour session followed by a short workshop on evaluating and improving hard cider. This year’s event is a must attend for anyone interested in, about to embark on, or already making hard cider.
The Science of Craft Cider Making: From Juicing and Fermenting to Customizing Cider to Correction when Things Go Wrong - 9:00 a.m. - Andrew Lea, Wittenham Hill Cider, England
Evaluating and Understanding Hard Cider Quality- 11:00 a.m. - Andrew Lea, Wittenham Hill Cider, England