Cider parties and friends

The word “espicha” has many meanings. First of all, is a little stick of 7 cm made of hazelnut tree with pointed end to make a hole in the cider barrels.

A second meaning is the referred to the moment of the celebration of the opening of a barrel, once the fermentation process is finished and the cider density is the appropriated. Relatives and friends gathered with guests to taste the cider to let the other know its opinion about the cider they are drinking.

 

Althought in the Llagares the barrels have been replaced for stainless steel, the gastronomic meetings around this first taste have maintained one of the big exhibitors of the traditional culture in Asturias. Nowadays we can hard imagine this kind of celebrations outside Asturias.