CIDER maker Thatchers has created a range of food and cider pairing ideas to help operators spice up Halloween parties.
Suggestions include matching its 6% ABV Green Goblin cider with dishes such as spiced chickpea bhajya with chilli and tomato chutney or pumpkin curry with pork and flaked almonds.
“These dishes will add a very special twist to a Halloween party,” said chef Bini Ludlow, who created the dishes for Thatchers. “Bold, spicy dishes work exceptionally well with the oak-aged notes of Green Goblin, resulting in an explosion of flavours.”
Thatchers managing director Martin Thatcher said Halloween falling on a Friday this year represents a key opportunity for the trade.
“Green Goblin is a really cheeky cider and its character lends itself perfectly to Halloween, which is now one of the biggest nights of the year,” he said.
“Having a Halloween-themed cider and food event will add to the excitement of the weekend – make sure you have a range of different styles and ABVs from heritage producers such as Thatchers to suit all tastes. Heritage cider tastings are a great way to generate interest in a range of different ciders.
“We’ve had great fun putting these recipes together – we’re sure it will help our customers get the most out of their Halloween parties.”
Thatchers, meanwhile, has announced an exclusive tie-up with Edinburgh-based beer firm Innis & Gunn to take Thatchers ciders to the US market.
Under the three-year agreement, Innis & Gunn will provide all administrative, marketing and promotional support for Thatchers Gold through Innis & Gunn USA.