StarBistro partners with The Ciderologist to hold Cider and Food Pairing Evening


We’re proud to share that on 12 October StarBistro will hold its first ever cider and food pairing event. Excitingly, we have partnered with Gabe Cook – ‘The Ciderologist’ – to offer guests an unforgettable tasting experience.

Gabe’s first book, Ciderology – From History and Heritage to the Craft Cider Revolution – will be available to purchase on the night, with the cider aficionado on-hand to sign copies.

The Cider and Food Pairing Evening was organised after Pete Johnson, Head of Commercial and Social Enterprise at National Star, had a chance meeting with Gabe at the top of May Hill.

‘There’s a traditional Morris dancing event on May Day every year to welcome summer and coincidentally I bumped into Gabe and we started chatting,’ said Pete.

‘He was keen to engage with a charity and I’m hugely into cider – it’s one of my passions.

‘We are in the hotbed of cider production in this part of the world and it struck me at five o’clock in the morning when we were watching the sun rise that this could be an exciting project.’

Gabe is generously donating his time and services for the event as are a trio of musicians who were performing at May Hill that day.

Joe Parke, Head chef at StarBistro, has been working closely with Gabe to create the evening’s menu, where each dish will be expertly matched to a cider that compliments its flavours.

‘It’s something I haven’t done before and I enjoy the challenge,’ said Joe.

‘Gabe knows his stuff and he’s looking to educate people. The evening’s got really good food with expertly chosen ciders.’

Book your tickets

Excite your palate and learn more about cider from The Ciderologist himself by booking your tickets to our Cider and Food Pairing Evening today. Tickets cost £40 per person, with the event starting at 6.30pm. All proceeds from the event will go to National Star, enabling the charity to support the aspirations of people with disabilities.

Want to try some locally produced cider at home? Pete recommends two favourites: Oliver’s Fine Cider and Dunkertons Black Fox.

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