Topa Bilbao! on October 1 and 2 in Arenal,
with the Euskal Sagardoa Denomination of Origin as the protagonist
Basque ciders with the Euskal Sagardoa Denomination of Origin will be the protagonists of the first weekend of October, at the Arenal in Bilbao. There will be 14 Basque Cider stalls, and a tasting area led by Mikel Garaizabal. All the people who come will have the opportunity to taste the different ciders by the cider makers themselves and also obtain all the information on the evolution of Basque Cider. They will be ciders from the 2021 harvest, fragrant and balanced in general. However, each area and cider house has its own types of apples and cider, which greatly enriches Basque Cider and the product. For this reason, all the people who come to Arenal de Bilbao will have the opportunity to taste different ciders made with native apples.
Next to the stalls and tasting area, there will also be another area where you can roast meats with EuskoLabel: Basatxerri, EuskalOkela and EuskalBildotsa, EuskoLabel vegetables, Idiazabal cheese and cheeses made with EuskoLabel milk...
There will be concerts for two days in the Arenal, and it is worth noting the concert offered by the Gwendal International Folk group on Sunday afternoon or the one offered by Ibon Koteron and his group on Saturday at noon. There will be bertsos by Enbeita and Lizaso, Música Master etc.
Hours: 12:00- 23:00
• 12:30-14:30 Ibon Koteron
• 19:30-22:30 Music Master. Biscay bands: Gonzalo Portugal Band (blues, rock) and Amann & The Wayward sons (rock, country)
• 12:00-14:30/17:00-20:00 workshops for children: makeup, badges...
• Tastings with Mikel Garaizabal:
o 12:00 Tasting Pairing: EUSKAL SAGARDOA and CHEESES made with milk with Eusko Label
o 13:00 Pairing tasting: EUSKAL SAGARDOA and IDIAZABAL CHEESE
o 2:00 p.m. Paired tasting: EUSKAL SAGARDOA and Basatxerri products
o 17:00 EUSKAL SAGARDOA and the different apples
o 18:00 Innovation in EUSKAL SAGARDOA
o 19:00 EUSKAL SAGARDOA of pitch
• 12:30-14:30 Bertsos. Xebaxtian Lizaso and Onintza Enbeita. Guided tasting with Mikel Garaizabal
• 12:00-14:30/17:00-20:00 games for children: talos
• 19:00-21:00. Concert of the International Folk Group Gwendal
• Tastings with Mikel Garaizabal: 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
o 12:00 Tasting Pairing: Euskal Sagardoa and CHEESES made with milk with Eusko Label
o 13:00 EUSKAL SAGARDOA in Bertsos: Onintza Enbeita and Xebaxtian Lizaso
o 14:00 Pairing tasting: EUSKAL SAGARDOA and IDIAZABAL CHEESE
o 17:00 EUSKAL SAGARDOA and Basatxerri products
o 18:00 Innovation in EUSKAL SAGARDOA
Euskal Sagardoa Denomination of Origin – the big bet
The Euskal Sagardoa Designation of Origin - Cider from the Basque Country has had its 5th harvest in 2021 and it will be this harvest that can be tasted at the Topa! Bilbao in October. The ciders made with local apples will have a special role in Arenal: each cider house will have ciders made with apples from their own apple orchards and from the apple orchards of the baserritarras in the area, and among them there will be single and bivarietal ciders, apple ciders from specific payments, aged in wood, aged on lees from the previous harvest... In addition to producing high-quality ciders, cider houses have also taken a big step to diversify their product, betting on local apples, and Bilbao is the perfect place to present all this work,
And following in the footsteps of recent years, the Regulatory Council is working to have a greater presence of the products both on the shelf and in the hotel industry, and explain the work done to consumers, giving them a taste of all the products made by the sector .
Harvest 2022, fewer apples than in 2021
The 2021 harvest was abundant and of great quality in the Basque Country, and 3.5 million liters of Basque Cider were produced under the Designation of Origin, in 48 cider houses in Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia and Araba, with apples from 250 apple orchards. . The 2022 apple crop is already being harvested: The crop will be considerably smaller than last year and with apples of great character. The apple tree is a vecero tree and this year it was sensed that the harvest would be smaller and the drought has also contributed. Therefore, this year's harvest could be around 30% compared to last year's, but we will be able to provide this information in more detail later.