Raise a Glass: These Cider Festivals Are All Happening This Fall
With crisp pours and local bites, these events across the country offer a barrel's worth of fun.
The onset of fall may bring us our annual renewed love of pumpkins, but it's also the time to celebrate crisp, delicious, fresh-from-the-farm apples. Perfect in both sweet and savory dishes—soups, sauces, pies, you name it—this autumnal favorite is versatile in the kitchen. And yet, as good as they are to eat, apples also make for incredible ciders. This fall, enjoy the season at one of the following cider festivals, where the very best in cider varieties, local food, and long histories of regional agriculture are on full display. Attend one and you'll realize that cider is just as versatile and loved as wine and beer.
Since this festival celebrates "agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities, and tasty harvest treats," if you love everything apple, Cider Days is where you need to be. Join thousands of revelers at this Lakewood, Colorado, shindig, which is celebrating its 44th year on October 5 and 6 with live music, apple pressing, and wagon rides.
Inviting you to "celebrate the season, taste the region," the Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival promises an authentic "tree-to-glass" experience in the Pacific Northwest from October 11 to 13. Tour participating orchards in and around Port Townsend, Washington, or reserve a seat at a family-style harvest dinner.
Choose from about 100 varieties of cider and mead (made from fermented honey) near the French Broad River in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 12. Returning for its seventh year, CiderFest NC has seen its attendance of guests and pourers including cider, mead, and apple wine makers grow every year since it began in 2013. Also family-friendly, the event has a selection of kid-friendly fall activities including "an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational green-living activities and eco-friendly crafts."
Philly Cider Week
Wear a costume to Philly's Cider Week, then party on at more than 30 pop-up events from October 31 to November 8. Philadelphia's annual Halloween kickoff has come a long way since its beginning in 2017, but after its success, organizers organized their first Philly Cider Week the following year, which features local bars and restaurants by honoring "historically-inspired cider crafted primarily from heritage, wild, and local apples, pressed on site, and made without the use of adjuncts." This year, event organizers will tout Perry (pear cider) as well as modern styles of cider, including rosé and those made with hops and other fruits.