The British Cider Championships, the UK's biggest cider competition, is open for entries.

The competition takes place at the Royal Bath and West Show. It is geared to the quality end of the cider market, whether that be traditional farmhouse cider or the new and exciting craft and artisanal products that are taking the industry forward.

As such, it is very much in line with trends in the marketplace, as consumer interest in genuine ciders and perries, made from the fresh juice of British apples and pears with as little as possible added or taken away, has never been higher.

Organisers are expecting an entry of well over 500 ciders and perries, from all corners of Britain, as cider-makers large and small go in search of the Holy Grail of the British cider industry, the Fruiterers’ Trophy for the Champion British Cider.

There are classes for every type of proper cider, including farmhouse, of course, but also sparkling, organic, single variety and bottle fermented, as well as for perries and apple juice.

Entries close April 17, more info can be found at