November 7th - 8th, 2015
We are excited to present the 21st annual CiderDays on the first full weekend of November — check out the 2015 Highlights below for the latest information for this year's event.
What is CiderDays?
CiderDays is a annual community celebration of all things apple in beautiful Franklin County, Massachusetts. 2015 marks our 21st year with tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more in orchards and venues county-wide from Ashfield, Deerfield, Charlemont and Colrain to New Salem and the towns in between. For all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall, CiderDays is not to be missed!
There is a charge for some of the events but many of the workshops and activities at local orchards are completely FREE.
2015 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 cider making 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 BUY TICKET
- Fourth Annual CiderDays Amateur Cider Competition - an AHA/BJCP sanctioned event open to any amateur cidermaker age 21 or older — will be held on December 5th, 2015, roughly one month after CiderDays. This will allow cidermakers attending this years CiderDays to drop entries at the event rather than sending them via UPS. The competition website will be updated with more detail soon. Registration for the CiderDays Amateur Cider Competition will open on Saturday, October 24, 2015 and close on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
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 Cider Salon — the world's longest-running hard cider tasting with more than 65 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe. This year's expanded salons will be held on two floors of the new lodge at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, featuring easy access from Route 2 and I-91 and convenient parking. Two sessions — 3 to 4:30 and 5:15 to 6:45 (Saturday) $25/ticket BUY TICKET
CiderDays Locavore Harvest Supper — Held at the new lodge at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, this locally-sourced savory fall feast catered by Wheelhouse features cider and apple varieties prominently. See menu $45/ticket BUY TICKET
Breton Cider Tasting with French cider specialist and author Mark Gleonec on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $30/ticket
Cider and Cheese Pairing with Provisions of Northampton on Sunday at the the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $30/ticket BUY TICKET
- Cider Appreciation 101 Guided Tasting with cider educator Eric West (of ciderguide.com) on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield. Eric will lead a guided tour of cider styles from around the world. Participants will learn about the history, culture, production methods, and food pairings while sampling ciders from the world's major cidermaking regions. $25/ticket BUY TICKET
Heritage Apple Variety Tasting with John Bunker and friends on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield $20/ticket BUY TICKET
New Salem Preserves and Orchards hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed within the courtyard of the cider mill. You will also have the ever-present breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. FREE. Workshops offered (also free):
Saturday 12:00-1:00 — Making Delicious Apple Cider Vinegar for Salad Dressings and more with Bob Colnes
Saturday 1:00-2:00 — Basic Apple Tree Pruning with Brad Moloney
Sunday 12:00-1:00 — Culinary Uses of Cider Syrup; A natural, versatile sweetener with Terry McCue
Sunday 1:00-2:30 — Home Hard Cider Makers Workshop; Make & Taste with April Woodard — Bring your own hard cider for a group tasting/discussion and also watch a demonstration of how to make your own.
Sunday 2:30-3:30 — Tending Backyard Apple Trees with Steve Lanphear
Mulled Cider, Hard Cider, and Heirloom Apple Orchard Tour on Saturday afternoon (12 – 2 pm). Enjoy sweet mulled cider by the fire, grab a pint of Artifact Cider (hard cider), then get a tour of Tip Top Orchard to learn about their rare and unusual apple varieties, all at one of the most beautiful orchards in the state. (Tip Top Orchard, Buckland) FREE
- Just Added! FREE Saturday Chef Demos — New England chefs will demo delicious recipes featuring apples and cider on Saturday at Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, 21 Bank Row, Greenfield:
10:30am: Chef Matt Louis of Moxy (Portsmouth, NH)
11:30am: Chef Brendan Pelley of Zebra's Bistro (Medfield, MA)
12:30am: Chef from Hope & Oliver (Greenfield, MA)
Discussion of the Cider and Culture of Brittany with Mark Gleonec on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center FREE
Savory Apple Recipes — apple & mustard grilled cheese sandwiches and quick bread-and-butter apple pickles 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
Yeasts for Cider with Soham Bhatt of Artifact Cider Project, on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center, and Wild Yeast Fermentation with Steve Gougeon and Andy Brennan on Sunday at Bear Swamp Orchards. FREE
Renovating an Old Orchard with Eliza Greenman on Saturday at Apex Orchards, Shelburne FREE
Quality Factors in Cider Making with Claude Jolicoeur, author of The New Cider Maker's Handbook, on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center. FREE
Apple Exploring for Cider Makers with John Bunker, Steve Gougeon and Andy Brennan on Saturday at Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield FREE
Making Barrel Cider with Steve Patt on Sunday at Apex Orchards in Shelburne FREE
Tastings of hard and sweet ciders, mead, cyzer, apples and pears at various locations in Franklin County throughout the weekend (check schedule for details) FREE
and much, much more!
NOTE: The artisan Marketplace normally held at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center is on hiatus this year.
Thanks to Our Sponsors!
The 2015 CiderDays event is made possible by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and our friends at Northeast Solar, the Franklin Community Co-operative (Green Fields Market and McCusker's Market), Bear Swamp Orchard, CIDERCRAFT Magazine, New England Apple Association, OESCO Inc., Ryan & Casey Liquors and Cold River Package, Provisions, Shelton Brothers and West County Cider
Funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. MassVacation.com