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14 European countries, 37 producers and more than 120 different products participated in the VI International Hall of Gala Ciders – SISGA’16.
LA SIDRA.- The three instense days of the VI SISGA/IHGC were useful to put together effortsThe three intense days of the VI SISGA/IHGC were useful to put together efforts and generate synergies aiming for the recognition of high quality ciders being made all along Europe. From Thursday 29th of September some of the cider makers and delegates coming from countries like Denmark or Poland and from the state like from Tenerife or Catalonia got to see how our traditional beverage was made at JR Cider Mill. Then 20 of the participants went to the Cider District of El Llanu to know first hand the Asturian cider culture in Xixón.
On the next day and officially the first one of the event, Castañón Cider Mill was the scenario in which the tastings for the international jury of the SISGA 2016 Awards took place. There a jury composed by 20 professionals from the different countries attending tasted the different varieties of cider: sparkling -brut, sweet, demy-dry, rosé- perry, ice cider, cider liquor, cider brandy, 1/3 format ciders and the most original ciders.
That day in the afternoon there was the Gala Dinner in which the chef Alejandro Fernández prepared a menu of innovative dishes to harmonize with the wide range of possibilities that cider offers for pairing, ingredient and main part of the whole table and the chances for special pairing within a great variety of products.
On Saturday 1st of October there was the Open Tasting for the public of the ciders participating in the SISGA at Colexata San Juan Bautista from 12 to 9 hours. Besides its highlighted international character, it was particularly interesting to deepen inside the Asturian cider culture recognized as Good of Cultural Interest and declared Institutional Beverage by Xixón’s City Hall. It was also an excellent display since there were ciders that prove the worth of cider to be recognized as World Intangible Heritage by the UNESCO, yet in process.
The last part of this hall was the Sommelier Day that took place at the El Duque Cider Mill. It was a moment for true meeting among cider makers and professionals of the sector in which some topics were discussed such as the different elaboration systems and the various organoleptic features of European ciders. A space to strengthen and encourage international bonds and get cider to reach the great recognition it deserves due to its high quality, sometimes not enough valued in comparison to other beverages.