Yep; it’s Fall. It may not quite be official yet by the calendar, but that chill is back in the air and our days have grown noticeably shorter with fewer hours of sunshine to enjoy. Summer may be fading away, but we still have plenty of things to look forward to. One of those things is Washington Cider Week, brought to you by the Northwest Cider Association.
Kicking off one week from today, on September 10th, Washington Cider Week brings cider tasting events, paired dinners and more in a 10-day celebration of Northwest craft cider.
Here is the full press release from the Northwest Cider Association:
SEATTLE – (September 1, 2015) Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces the fifth annual Washington Cider Week, a ten day celebration dedicated to hard artisan ciders from the Northwest. With an official proclamation from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee dedicating the week to celebrate all things hard cider, more than 100 events are anticipated to take place throughout the state.
“We are thrilled to be here at the epicenter of what continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the beverage market,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “As awareness and interest in cider increase both nationally and around the world, our Northwest cidermakers continue to be recognized for premium products and innovative styles. Washington Cider Week is the time to celebrate them and spread awareness of our growing craft cider culture.”
The festivities begin with a Cider Week Kickoff and Happy Hour at Capitol Cider in partnership with City Fruit on Thursday, September 10 followed by Seattle Cider Summit, the state’s largest cider tasting event with more than 150 artisan ciders to try on Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12. Additional highlights include an East Meets West Cider Evening at the Burgundian with pours, pairings and cocktails featuring Eden Cider Co. from Vermont and Alpenfire from Washington on Thursday, September 10 and a Cider Fete at Bottlehouse with 10 Northwest cideries, live music and cheese pairings on Sunday, September 13. Finnriver Farm and Cidery has partnered with restaurants around the state for a cider-themed scavenger hunt featuring cider-infused menu items and featured pairings; enter or follow along at #FinnRiverHunt. Keep an eye on the calendar at www.nwcider.com for a comprehensive listing of events as they are added.
Renowned authors and cider experts will visit to take in the Pacific Northwest cider scene. On Tuesday, September 15, Capitol Cider will host England-based Bill Bradshaw, the world’s foremost expert on cider and author of several award winning cider books for cider tasting and book signing. Author of Cider Cocktails: Another Bite of the Apple and cider expert Darlene Hayes will visit Cider Summit Sept. 11-12 to share highlights and samples from her book. When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Northwest Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners. Follow along via @NWCider and #WaCiderWeek.
About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit http://www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).
Be sure to attend at least one of the events, like the Seattle Cider Summit or the East Meets West cider Evening at Burgungian, and explore some of the wonderful ciders the Northwest has to offer. If you’re more of a craft beer person, like me, and are just getting into ciders, Washington Cider Week is a great way to start learning more about cider and discovering which one(s) you might enjoy.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.