Cider used in Brussels to toast Queen's Jubilee
IT is the most traditional English drink, so it was only appropriate that cider was used to toast the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – both here and abroad.
Cider produced by Rough Old Wife from Old Wives Lees was served to 600 people at the Jubilee celebrations in Brussels on Tuesday.
Attendees included officials from the United Nations, NATO and the European Parliament.
The choice of drink came about after a chance encounter between Rough Old Wife producer Simon Reed and Jonathan Brenton, the British ambassador of Belgium, at an international food fair in Calais in March.
Simon, 51, who launched his "cidery" in Cork Farm six years ago, said: "The event was organised by the 2 Seas Trade mission, which encourages companies from different countries to try produce from Kent.
"I had a conversation with Jonathan and he agreed to try the cider."
Also sponsoring the Belgian bash was Visit Kent, the Kent branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and the University of Kent which has a campus in Brussels.
Simon said: "In Belgium, cider is not a very well-known drink. They are wedded to their beers."