VT CiderFest Oct 2; West Coast Summit Recap


David White, a cider enthusiast on the West Coast, was lucky enough to attend last weekend’s Cider Summit N.W., which was a combination benefit and cider tasting.  Whole Foods Market co-sponsored the event and many cider makers were on hand to discuss their ciders.

Dave wrote about the event on his Old Time Cider blog — so please check his post for reviews of many of the ciders. One thing that impressed us was the diversity of cider represented, as as Old Timey Dave noted:

The Cider Summit N.W. boasted some 40+ craft ciders and they delivered. In attendance from the NW craft cider ranks were Blue Mountain Cider Company, Carlton Cyderworks, Eaglemount Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Red Barn Cider, Snowdrift Cider Co., Tieton Cider Works, Vashon Winery/Irvines Vintage cider, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Westcott Bay Cider, and Wildfire Cider. We even had an extra special visit from my favorite BC cider maker Sea Cider. Visitors from abroad included Dupont & Drouin from France, and from England Aspall and Samuel Smith. I’d really love to see true English cider representation increased on the market and at the event.

At Farnum Hill Ciders we believe that more cider in the marketplace is good for all of us, and more education about cider drinking can make all of the difference for consumers.

East Coast cider fans will have two chances coming up on that front — the first, at the lovely Champlain Orchards, is on October 2, with an emphasis on local food pairings. Ice ciders, sweet ciders, traditional ciders and local cheeses will be featured.  Ice ciders include Vermont Ice, Eden IceHall Home Place Ice, and Champlain Orchards; traditional ciders from Woodchuck, Farnum Hill and Flag Hill; plus food from Red Hen Baking Company, Vermont Butter & Cheese, and the new Burlington Farmhouse Tap & Grill. For tickets to the CiderFest in Shoreham, go to the Champlain Orchards website.

Finally, a 2-day festival of cider, Cider Days, will take place in Franklin County in western Massachusetts on November 6 and 7.  We’ll post more information on that as it becomes available. As we say…”Cider — not just for breakfast anymore.”


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