The Cider Festival in Nava

by Lorraine Williamson
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Nava, a charming town nestled in the heart of Asturias, eagerly awaits the second weekend in July every year. It’s during this time that the Cider Festival, the town’s most anticipated and emblematic event, takes place.

Since its inception in 1969, the festival has grown to become a celebration of Asturian culture, with a particular focus on the region’s beloved drink – cider. In this article we will explore the vibrant atmosphere and diverse activities that make the Cider Festival in Nava a truly unique experience.

Cultural extravaganza

In the week leading up to the festival, Nava comes alive with a multitude of cultural activities that pay homage to cider. Talks, debates, exhibitions, concerts, and theatre performances create a rich tapestry of events, showcasing the deep-rooted connection between cider and the local community.

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The opening ceremony

On the Saturday of the festival, all eyes turn to the grand opening speech and the chupinazo, a momentous occasion that signifies the start of the festivities. As a delightful gesture, thousands of liters of cider are made available for free tastings. To partake in this cider extravaganza, visitors need only don a vibrant green scarf around their necks to instantly become part of the celebration.

A global competition

As the festival draws to a close on Sunday, Nava hosts an International Competition for Escanciadores, the skilled professionals responsible for expertly pouring cider. Participants from various corners of the world showcase their pouring techniques, creating a captivating spectacle for festival-goers. This event highlights the international allure of Asturian cider and its ability to bring people together.

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