How d'you like them apples? Moss Cider Project share fruits of labour for Manchester Food & Drink Festival
The guerrilla cider makers of the Moss Cider Project are
sharing the fruits of their labour with the public by hosting a
Cider and Cheese evening as part of Manchester's Food and Drink
At the event, held at Common in the Northern Quarter on
September 25, guests will be able to sample a wide range of local
and traditional ciders, made using apples sourced from all around
Dan Hasler, one of the founders of the project, said:
"It's wonderful to see all our hard work come to
"It's great to see Moss Side come together around our
project. That's the real joy we get from it, and I can't stress
Initially set up as a community project to make use of the
unused land by the Princess Road bus depot, Moss cider has now
branched out to Hulme, where they've produced 100litres of apple
juice and cider this year.
Dan said: "Each batch is unique. We know where all our
apples come from and who brought them."
The project is always looking for contributions from the
public and encourages everyone to get out there and find the
disused apple trees that are surprisingly easy to come
Some of Dan's favourite 'scrumping' spots include the
Fallowfield loop and Southern Cemetery.
"I would encourage everyone to give it a go," he added.
"The demand has even out-grown our supply, so we're always on the
lookout for more apples."
Individuals are also rewarded for their donations. Every
person who brings down some apples for the project will receive a
quarter of the weight of the apples back, but turned into either
cider or apple juice.
Money raised from the event, and other enterprises
organised by the Moss cider project, goes back into the project and
once they pay off their initial investment the surplus funds will
help fund further community projects.
Building up local community projects has become a passion
of Dan's, and his long term goal is to involve local businesses in
the scheme and ultimately create jobs for people in the
He also stressed that anyone can brew their own
"When we first started I had no idea about apples and how
to make cider," Dan said. "Now it's like a dream come
A lot of thought has also gone into the selection of
cheese on offer at the event, with groups coming down from Cheshire
to offer an assortment of local cheeses from the area.
Last year's event sold out, and tickets for this year are
£10 and can be purchased online here.