As a follow-up to the Asturian cider conversation...
The 12th SISGA International Hall of Gala Ciders has been announced for September 29- October 2, 2022. I will attempt to attach event and entry information below. It is free competition and quite the cultural experience. They will put you up in a hotel for 2 nights, and take you to amazing cideries, cider bars and Asturian barbeques (espiche).
I've met many cidermakers from Poland, Latvia, Norway, Italy, Chile, America, Estonia, Basque Country, Asturias, Galicia, Japan, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Germany, France and the UK. And even a cider maker from Spain! It's basically like being with a bunch of fellow cider makers on the fun bus that drives you through the amazing richness of Asturian cider culture. It is as much a humbling lesson in generous hospitality as it is a cider event.
Here are the highlights from last year's itinerary (This year will probably be different):
This year's specific itinerary hasn't been disclosed, but I am sure it will be similar.
I highly recommend you come on over. It will be amazing. It really delivers far beyond any expectations. Every year.
Invitation and entry form attached.