The cider competition at the Royal Bath & West Society Show, held at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, is the largest cider competition in the world.
2014 saw 560 entries, which was another record and left the judges with a remarkably difficult task.
Judging took place over three sessions, with the Supreme Champion being announced at the end of all the considerations.
Most of the winners in the various different sections were newcomers, with the exception of Hecks, who have always been so generous in sharing knowledge with new producers.
The overall winner of the Fruiterers' Cup for Champion British Cider was Broadpool Cider, an artisan cider which united the judges and defeated all of the commercial brands. It just goes to show that great cider really can be made in a garage!
Everyone was particularly pleased with the entrants for the International Award.
It is highly likely that this part of the event will continue to grow over the next few years, and we look forward to more international entrants as cider increases its following worldwide.