IDNet are the proud sponsors of Hitchin Town Football Club’s brand new Cider & Cheese Festival!
The event is taking place to raise money for the ground improvement fund. With 40 ciders from around the country including Apple Cottage Cider from Baldock and a wonderful range of cheese supplied by Wobbly Bottom Farm, we are sure this event is going to be one of the highlights of the Hitchin Festival, see the full programme here -
The festival will take place at Top Field, The Canary Club, Fishponds Road, Hitchin SG5 1NU on Saturday 14th July from noon - 11pm and Sunday 15th July from noon - 9pm.
£4 admission which includes a festival glass.
There will be musical entertainment on Saturday, starting with Bee (Becky Phillips) in the afternoon and the Sandy Ukulele Group in the evening.
Sunday’s musical entertainment will be provided by the Drive By Buskers.
Wobbly Bottom Farm, located just outside the historic market town of Hitchin, has carved itself a reputation for high-quality artisan cheeses, produced by a small but perfectly formed dairy herd.
The farm has four varieties of goat that have been exclusively bred for dairy production, they run an ‘open barn’ policy so the goats are free to choose to stay undercover or graze on the 39 acres of grass fields.
Because they choose carefully what their goats eat, they consistently get the best quality milk, which in turn makes the very best quality cheese.
Great care is required with goat feeds because if the animals’ diet is changed, you can taste the difference almost immediately in the milk. A lot of the variance in the taste of goat’s cheeses around the world is down to the animals’ differing diets. Here in the UK, the grass is very sweet, creating cheese that is less "goaty" than other European goat's cheeses.
They manage every aspect of production, from what the goats eat to the finished product that they sell wholesale and at farmers markets and food festivals.
Wobbly Bottom’s freshly-made products range from a simple, creamy soft goat’s cheese, to cheddars infused with a delicious range of extras, including tangy root ginger, real ale and mustard, and cracked black peppercorns.
Wobbly Bottom cheeses are sold at a number of farmers markets in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond, and are also available on a wholesale basis to discerning local restaurants, gastro pubs, shops and delicatessens.
Alan and Angela are the beating heart of Wobbly Bottom, having embarked on their cheese-making odyssey at the farm more than a decade ago. Their hands-on approach to the rearing, feeding and milking of the herd, combined with passion and skill in the dairy, make the farm and its products a force to be reckoned with.
Their cheese is special because the people who milk the goats are also the people who make the cheese. Unlike some bigger dairies that produce cheese in larger batches, their milk comes fresh from their goats every day, so they hand-make their cheese in small batches almost daily. It’s a true labour of love… and one that produces outstanding artisan cheese.
|Celtic Marches||Herefordshire||Cuckoo Penny (rhubarb)||M/S||4.0%|
|Colcombe House||Herefordshire||Willie Gunn||M||6.0%|
|Cotswold Cider Co.||Oxfordshire||Yellow Hammer||M||6.0%|
|Dudda’s Tun||Kent||Pear O Duddas||M||5.5%|
|Farmer Jims||Devon||Farmer Jim’s Cider||M||5.0%|
|Gwynt Y Ddraig||Wales||Autumn Magic (blackberry)||S||4.0%|
|Harry’s Cider||Somerset||lash Harry’s (mango/lime)||S||4.0%|
|Lilley’s Cider Barn||Somerset||Gladiator||M||8.4%|
|Crazy Goat (pyder)||M||6.8%|
|Lyme Bay||Devon||Sundown (apricot)||S||4.0%|
|Reef Break (cherry)||S||4.0%|
|Rich’s Cider Farm||Somerset||Legbender||M||6.0%|
|Sandford Orchards||Devon||Devon Mist||M/S||4.5%|
|Fanny’s Bramble (blackberry)||S||4.0%|
|Berry Lane (raspberry)||S||4.0%|