At 13 and 16
Monday to Saturday
May 20th to Sept 20th 2020
We explain how we grow fruit in our organic orchard, and how we turn fruit and berries into juice, cider, fruit wine and brandy. We show how we make exclusive sparkling cider using the “méthode traditionnelle.” The program includes five cider samples.
Heritage Walk and Cider Tasting
Eli-Grete or Gard tells the story of the art village Balestrand and the people who lived here in the artist colony.
In cooperation with Kviknes Hotel the walk starts in Høyviksalen (the Høyvik hall, with furniture made by (great) grandfather Ivar Høyvik). It continues to the harbor, with its living artist scene, and then to St. Olaf’s Church (the English church), the statue of King Bele from the saga of Fritjof the Brave, and some of the characteristic dragon-style villas. The tour ends in the Cider House with a cider tasting and interpretation program.
The tour lasts about 2 hours.
Thursdays in July and August at 11:30.
Contact us for group tours or to request other days (minimum 15 people).
Hike and Cider tasting
Guided hike on the popular mountain trails close to the village center. This hike is moderate and gives you a panoramic view over Balestrand and the Sognefjord.
We take a short break at the top with a bottle of our local organic Balholm juice. We return on another route and end up at the Cider House for cider tasting and interpretation. The hike lasts about two hours.
Mondays in July and August at 10:00.
Cook and learn
Learn how to make small dishes/snacks and enjoy the tastes afterwards with a cidertray. Chef Tuba Ardic will teach you how we combine Norwegian local products with Mediterranean food culture. Meet with one of the family members and learn about the process of growing and fermenting fruit for cider or brandy and taste samples of cider.Wednesdays 12.00 AM in Duration is approx. one hour with cooking, cider program and tasting.
Minimum number of participants: 2.
We provide the necessary equipment and an apron.
Please contact us for group booking on other days.
The Cider House collaborates with Førdefestivalen and the Jazz Club Bele or others to hold concerts.
The musical styles vary, from folk music to opera to jazz to folk songs and ballads.
But common to all concerts we have had the pleasure to present is that the artists are passionate about their music and genre.
The Cider House strives to be a part of the art village Balestrand. We have for several years worked closely with Magni Jensen, who made all the ceramics used in the restaurant. Magni’s ceramics give our dishes an aesthetic lift. Some of the shapes were specially made for the Cider House in cooperation with Tuba. In the banquet hall you will find carved chairs and dragon-style shelves by Ivar Høyvik and tapestries by Astrid Geithus (previously Høyvik).
Astrid Wittersø made the glass mosaic.
Vilde Jensen Hjetland made a sound-isolating textile installation called "Kvitla" in the glass house.