The countdown to this year’s La Faîs’sie d’Cidre has begun. In just nine days, the annual celebration of Jersey’s rich heritage of growing apples and making cider will kick off at Hamptonne Country Life Museum, with a jam packed weekend of traditional cider making, children’s activities, live music, autumnal arts & crafts, dancing, Living History and of course, plenty of local cider for adults to sample.
This year’s festival will take place on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th October from 10am – 5pm at Hamptonne Country Life Museum, extending to 11pm on Saturday night with the return of Sounds & Cider – an evening of live local musical talent including Giles Robson & the Dirty Aces, Badlabecques, Isaac Evans, Raw Prawn, Run for Cover and Jim & Mark.
Sponsored by Jersey Tourism and now in its 18th year, La Faîs’sie d’Cidre is an essential date in the community calendar. Islanders and visitors alike can experience some of Jersey’s oldest traditions, enjoy live entertainment, sample Genuine Jersey Produce and adults can taste speciality Ciders & Perry from CAMRA (Jersey), Cidre dé Jèrri from La Robeline, samples from the Jersey Cider Orchard Trust and last year’s Hamptonne vintage cider.
Organiser of the event, Julia Coutanche, said “as an island we are extremely proud of Jersey’s heritage and this weekend of celebrations marks one of the Island’s oldest traditions; the La Faîs’sie d’Cidre and popular Sounds & Cider events are something which our members really look forward to each year. We’re very excited about this year’s line-up, keeping some old favourites in the mix but introducing some new surprises to keep things fresh. Come along and experience the tastes and sounds of traditional Island culture!”
La Faîs’sie d’Cidre | Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th October from 10am – 5pm
La Fais’sie d’Cidre is our annual event celebrating Jersey’s rich heritage of growing apples, making and tasting cider. There will be all the best of local fare including freshly baked Cabbage Loaves, Roast local pork, Jersey Wonders and Genuine Jersey stalls as well as favourite activities such as bouncy castles, autumnal arts & crafts, apple juggling & plate spinning with Danny Faulkner, Helier Morris Men and Jersey Lillies Dancing, an exhibition of Jersey Archive photographs, ‘Longest of the Longest Peel’ and ‘Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin’ competitions. Plus the Jersey Beekeepers will be judging their honey competition and the Jersey Cider Orchard Trust will have speciality local ciders to taste. http://www.jerseyheritage.org/whats-on/la-fa-s-sie-d-cidre
Sounds & Cider | Saturday 19th 5pm – 11pm
Back by popular demand, the Sounds and Cider evening event invites festival goers to celebrate cider into the night, as a blues, folk and rock sounds emanate from the entertainment marquee from a host of talented, local musicians including Badlabecques, Isaac Evans, Raw Prawn, Run for Cover and Jim & Mark. Headliners, Giles Robson & the Dirty Aces will be flying in from the UK especially for this cider celebration. Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 commented “This is so good” when hearing the band play on his show last year, Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 commented that “There are many living harmonica players of note…from Stevie Wonder to Giles and back again” and musical connoisseur Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music “They are a terrific band! Instantly as soon as you hear them it’s got that quality that’s so rare. They’ve got the spirit of blues and RnB without just aping the mannerisms” http://www.jerseyheritage.org/whats-on/sounds-and-cider
In September of this year 6 piglets were born in the traditional Hamptonne pigsty. Visitors to La Faîs’sie d’Cidre will be able to see the piglets enjoying a mud bath in the outdoor yard
Admission to both cider events is free for Jersey Heritage members. Non members: Adult: £7.70; Child (age 6-16) and students £4.90 Senior citizen (age 65 +) £6.60; Family £22.60.
TRANSPORT: Getting to and from Hamptonne
On Saturday and Sunday, Liberty Bus routes 25 and 27 will run from St Helier to Carrefour Selous and a temporary event bus stop located just north of Three Oaks, a short walking distance from Hamptonne. From 10.00am – 6.30pm a free shuttle bus service will run from Liberation Station to Hamptonne and then again from 10.00pm – 11.30pm.
Parking will be available near to Hamptonne and will be signed posted on the day. There will be a shuttle bus to and from Hamptonne from this car park. Disabled and cycle parking is located in the Hamptonne car park. It is encouraged that visitors take advantage of the public transport and free buses available rather than drive to Hamptonne.
For further information and the latest updates, please visit www.jerseyheritage.org or the Jersey Heritage Facebook Page www.facebook.com/JerseyHeritage