5 Events for Summer Cider Fun

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Community is big in Portland, Oregon. The local food and drink movement here fuels much of the craft beverage machine, with the majority of beer drinkers consuming Oregon-made beers and Portland regularly listing in the top three cider-drinking cities in the United States. Bringing together local and beverage, the team at Cider Riot! is adding another collaboration to its catalog, the Lullaby of London.

Festival season is set to begin; we know you’re more than ready. It’s time to shake off the spring and gather all seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike under the sun. Let us act as your guide. From Pennsylvania to PDX, here are some cider festivals popping up on our North American maps.
CiderWeek Hudson Valley | June 9-18 | Prices vary
CiderWeek pays homage to the vibrant Hudson Valley cider industry and its orchards for an entire week.

Tucked into the alleyway of State Street in Bellingham, Washington hangs a full moon casting its shadow against the vibrant exterior of Honey Moon Mead & Cider. A production facility by day, Honey Moon transforms into a performance bar at night for locals to mingle and make themselves at home.
“We are more about building community than building a business,” says co-owner Anna Evans.

Most young adults have no idea what they want to do with their lives until they hit their 30s and, even then, decisions are questioned. For Autumn Stoscheck, she was 21-years-old when she founded Eve’s Cidery. Tired of waiting tables and following her unlikely desire to prune apple trees for a living, she connected with sixth generation farmer James Cummins on his New York U-pick orchard and the cidery was born.

It’s the end of April and domestic blueberries are officially in action. Most of the southern states will begin harvesting next month and, before we know it, the superfood will be in its peak season of June through July. As we begin dreaming of sandals, barbecues and long warm evenings, here are some blushing blueberry-infused ciders to get you in that summertime state-of-mind.

When it comes to ribs, slow and steady wins the race. For Jake Neilson — associate brand manager at Oregon’s Square Mile Cider and amateur chef — slow, steady and cider champions the success of this apple-forward and approachable rib brine and sauce recipe.
“Low and slow, the longer and lower temp ribs cook, the better they are,” Neilson says. “Take your time, relax, the brine will keep them tender.

If you haven’t heard, it’s Cider Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The six-day citywide revelry of cider, particularly those from Michigan, kicked off Monday and coincides with the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, the world’s largest cider judging this weekend. About 10 miles east of Grand Rapids is the township of Ada, home to the trees of Sietsema Orchards and Cider Mill.

April showers bring May cider celebrations. That’s how the saying goes, right? With summer just around the corner, the month of May is preparing us for cider’s drinking biggest season. From the East Coast to the West, and the Rocky Mountains in between, cities everywhere are celebrating cider.
Central Coast Cider Festival | May 13 | $55-65
After last year’s sold out event, the Central Coast Cider Festival is back with more flavor, food and fun.

At Austin Eastciders, traditional dry cider rules above all. Founder Ed Gibson — a former cider bar owner from the U.K. — arrived in Texas and noticed the dominance of sweet, cloying flavors in the U.S. hard cider market. As the cider world knows well, culinary apples are much more commonplace than the cider apple in the United States — partly because of the loss of cider apple orchards post-Prohibition and also due to the commercial success of the eating apple.

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