October 31st - November 2nd, 2014
CiderDays is a community event celebrating all things apples in Franklin County, Massachusetts. 2014 marks the 20th year of this event and there will be three days (Friday night October 31st and two full days on November 1st and 2nd) of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more. This year, to celebrate twenty years of CiderDays, we're adding a special VIP tasting event of Western Massachuetts hard ciders on Friday night.
CiderDays is for all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. There is a charge for some of the activities but there is no admission for many of the activities at local orchards or for the workshops or Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls (from 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday).
Click here for the preliminary 2014 schedule.
2014 Event Highlights
- Cidermaking 101 Workshop with Bob Delisle and Charlie Olchowski on Saturday morning (9 - 11am) at Pine Hill Orchards — this is a hands-on beginner's cidermaking workshop. The fee covers instructions and materials for making your first batch of cider. Materials: plastic fermenter, 5 gallon glass carboy, bored stopper, airlock, 6' syphon hose, 30" racking tube and bottle brush, plus sweet cider. You'll leave the workshop with your first batch of hard cider well under way. $85/ticket
- Kickoff 20th Anniversary Reception— CiderDays will be hosting an anniversary bash on Friday, October 31 from 6-9pm at one of the Franklin County's premier restaurants. Featuring local western Massachusetts cider makers, you'll hear the backstory behind the production of your favorite beverage! Tickets include a 20th anniversary commemorative glass, free pours of all the featured ciders and a hearty selection of "small plates" (both savory and sweet) exclusively prepared to complement the evening's libations. More details of selected cider producers and menu will be coming shortly — check back for the official announcement in mid-September!
- Workshops, Talks and Tastings from beginner through advanced for cider makers, home orchardists and cider afficionados at orchards (Saturday and Sunday) and at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls (Saturday) FREE (taste hard cider with the purchase of a $5 glass)
- The Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, with local artisans and producers, food vendors, and, of course, apples! FREE
- The Cider Salon — the world's longest-running hard cider tasting with more than 65 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe in the big tent across from the Shelburne Buckland Community Center, 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls. Two sessions — 3 to 4:30 and 5:15 to 6:45 (Saturday) $25/ticket advance
- CiderDays Locavore Harvest Supper — Chef Paul Correnty will once again mastermind a savory fall feast featuring apples, cider and other locally grown foods. Held this year in the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls. See the menu $40/ticket advance
- British Cider Tasting with Tom Oliver of Oliver's Cider and Perry, Herefordshire, England, on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $25/ticket advance
- Apples to Juice to Cider tasting with Steve Woods and John Bunker on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $20/ticket advance
- Cider and Cheese Pairing on Sunday at the the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $25/ticket advance
- Third Annual Amateur Cider Competition — an AHA/BJCP sanctioned event open to any amateur cidermaker age 21 or older. Drop your cider off at CiderDays or by the November ___ deadline. Judging will take place in early December. Find rules and registration information here.
- Apple Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, 8 - 11am, at Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield
- Choosing the Right Apple for your Recipe — What’s the best apple variety for pie? For applesauce? Are Cortlands good in a salad? Find out at this workshop with Amy Traverso, Yankee Magazine senior editor and author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook, at Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield, on Sunday FREE
- Apple-themed cooking demo with Sandy D'Amato, owner of Good Stock Farm and author of Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer, on Sunday (Location TBA) FREE
- Apples for Baking: Tasting and Workshop with Rebecca Clark, Betsey Clark Dickson, and Lori Clark on Sunday at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield FREE
- New Salem Preserves & Orchards hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing, cider donuts, caramel apples, hot squash/cider soup, grilled hot dogs, cider syrup, cider vinegar, sun-cooked preserves, and our heirloom apples and freshly pressed sweet cider. Extraordinary woodworkers offer wooden bowls and garden accessories. Come share our scenic view of the Quabbin and roast marshmallows over the campfire. (Saturday and Sunday) FREE
- Organic Orchardist Michael Phillips wassails apple trees at New Salem Preserves & Orchards on Saturday and Sunday FREE
- Fermentation: Basics and Beyond with Jocelyn Kuzelka, Panacea Wine Consulting, on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center. Jocelyn will cover yeast selection, nutrients in the juice, and blending and sensory analysis. FREE
- Fruit Exploring with John Bunker and Rowan Jacobsen on Saturday at Apex Orchards, Shelburne FREE
- Ice Cidermaking with Claude Jolicoeur, author of The New Cider Maker's Handbook, on Saturday at Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield. Claude will also present a workshop on Apples for Juice and Cider on Sunday, also at Bear Swamp. FREE (taste hard cider with the purchase of a $5 glass)
- So You Want to Be a Commercial Cidermaker with Steve Gougeon and Andy Brennan on Sunday at Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield FREE
- Making Barrel Cider with Charlie Olchowski on Sunday at Apex Orchards in Shelburne FREE
- Plein Air Hard Cidermaking with April Woodard McNiff and Tending Backyard Apple Trees with Steve Lamphear, both on Sunday at New Salem Preserves & Orchards FREE
- Tastings of hard and sweet ciders, mead, apples and pears at various locations in Franklin County throughout the weekend (check schedule for details) FREE
and much, much more!
Thanks to Our Sponsors!
The 2014 CiderDays event is made possible by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and our friends at Yankee Magazine, West County Cider, the Franklin Community Co-operative (Green Fields Market and McCusker's Market), and Ryan & Casey Liquors.
Funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. MassVacation.com