As a variety of hard ciders continue to grow in popularity throughout Vermont and beyond, Champlain Orchards invites autumn visitors to experience the Green Mountain State's apples, cider, and local food pairings at the state's first ever CiderFest on Saturday, Oct. 2, 3-7 p.m. at Champlain Orchards located on Route 74 in Shoreham.
CiderFest will showcase regional apple wines, sweet ciders, and hard ciders paired with local foods and Vermont products. Cider making demonstrations, live music by Run Mountain, hay rides, and apple picking from the orchard's multiple varieties will round out the afternoon festivities.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.champlainorchards.com, by calling 802-897-2777, or by visiting Champlain Orchards.
Featured cider/apple wine will include:
Champlain Orchards-CiderFest hosts will share their non-alcoholic sweet cider made on site using a collection of our 25 apple varieties for all ages to taste! Champlain Orchards will also be unveiling Honeycrisp Ice Cider (over 21).
Woodchuck Hard Cider-the country's leading hard cider, handcrafted with apples at the Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, Vermont-some of the apples come directly from Champlain Orchards; Woodchuck's ciders can be sampled (legal age appropriate).
Farnum Hill Cider-handcrafted cider made from a collection of uncommon apples at the cidery's on-site orchard, Poverty Lane Orchards; Farnum Hill's cider can be sampled (legal age appropriate).
Flag Hill Farm Hard Cyder-traditional farmhouse style hard ciders are handcrafted on the farm in Vershire, Vermont; Samples of cider will be on hand (legal age appropriate).
Vermont Ice Cider-Boyden Valley Winery, one of Vermont's most well known wineries recently started making Vermont Ice Wines-also known as dessert wines; samples of the cider will be on hand (legal age appropriate).
Eden Ice Cider-made from traditional and heirloom varieties of Vermont apples, Eden Ice Cider is one of the most popular dessert wines in the northeast; samples available (legal age appropriate).
Hall Home Place Ice Cider-Hall Orchards Vermont is home to a small cidery and the South End Caf . Cider can be sampled (legal age appropriate).
Featured local food/products will include:
Vermont Ayr -Crawford Family Farm Ayrshire Cow Farmstead Cheese. Since 1950, the Crawford Family has been farming in Whiting and their alpine-style Vermont Ayr cheese pairs uniquely with ciders and apple wines and can be sampled at CiderFest.
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill-Burlington's newest gastropub specializing in gourmet local burgers, farm fresh comfort food, and a highly prized tap room; Experience cider and apples in true "farmhouse" style and sample burgers, chili and several local produce sides.
Shelburne Farms-located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, this 1,400 working farm, National Historic Landmark, and nonprofit environmental education center also makes some of Vermont's best cheese; Enjoy samples of their one and two year aged and smoked cheddars.
Red Hen Baking Company-known statewide as Vermont's premier artisan bakers of breads and pastries, Red Hen Baking Company is located in Middlesex, Vermont; sample a variety of artisan breads.
Vermont Butter and Cheese-artisan cheeses from farm to table, this Websterville, Vermont creamery produces cow's milk cream & butter and fresh cheese as well as goat's milk fresh cheese and aged cheese; sample a collection of these cheese varieties.
Champlain Orchards Apples Products include apple butter, applesauce, apple pie, apple syrup, and more.
Check It Out: The first ever Vermont CiderFest will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 3-7 p.m. at Champlain Orchards located on Route 74 in Shoreham. Cider tasting samples (legal age appropriate) will be on hand.