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  • Jersey apples
  • Making cider
  • Picnic at Hamptonne
  • Black buttermaking

La Faîs’sie d’Cidre & Black Butter Making

Jersey’s apple festivals

La Faîs’sie d’Cidre

2020 date tbc

Black Butter Making

22 – 24 October 2020

Apples were once one of Jersey’s main crops and some of the orchards are still in use on the island today. Heavy with juicy apples, Autumn is harvest time and two traditional festivals are still celebrated – La Faîs’sie d’Cidre, a popular cider making festival at Hamptonne Country Life Museum and traditional Black Butter making at The National Trust for Jersey’s headquarters, The Elms.

La Faîs’sie d’Cidre

Every year, as the apples are harvested they are bought to the barns at Hamptonne Country Life Museum where they’re thrown into huge wooden vats and crushed by traditional horse power to make cider. Visitors are welcome and entertainment, food and of course plenty of cider accompany the hard work. Children are also welcome with games and activities centred around apples on hand for the two days. Work usually takes place from 10am on the first day until 5pm on the last day.

Black Butter Making

When visiting Jersey you can’t fail to notice the small jars of sticky black treacle looking preserve that are Black Butter. Whether you see it in a shop or get presented with it on a scone, Black Butter is nothing at all like butter and is in fact made from apples! Sweet cider is boiled for hours over an open fire until reduced by half before fresh apples, liquorice, sugar, lemon and spices are added. The sticky result is then bottled.

Join in with the apple peeling and preparations at The Elms, La Chève Rue, St. Mary where food and entertainment will be available for all volunteers on Friday evening.

morris dancing
Man making Black Butter
Cider festival picnic