This year Washington Cider Week runs from September 5th through 15th, with special events across the state celebrating our local artisan cider industry, which is growing at a feverish pace these days. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, September 5th in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at Capitol Cider, the city’s first cider-focused bar and restaurant. Perhaps the highlight of the “week” is the Cider Summit Seattle (blog sponsor). That event takes place on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th at Discovery Center Park in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and will feature over 100 different ciders. In addition to cider, the event will feature live music, specially paired food selections from Whole Foods Market and Capitol Cider, along with specially designed filled chocolates from Smitten Truffles. Tickets are on sale now, click here.
A variety of events across the state –cider dinners, cider tastings, pub crawls and more– will mark Washington Cider Week. There are more details below in the official press release. You can also visit the official website for more information http://nwcider.com.
Cidermakers Announce Third Annual Washington Cider Week
Celebrate the state’s most exciting beverage with more than 75 activities, September 5-15
SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider. The celebration kicks off with two Seattle events, the first on September 5 at Capitol Cider on Capitol Hill, followed by the two-day Northwest Cider Summit at South Lake Union. Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. Fourteen Washington cideries are participating.
Cidermakers in Washington have a lot to celebrate. Several regional cideries have won major awards for their traditional dry ciders and perrys, while new blends featuring black currants, honey, hops, lavender and quince are giving cider fans plenty of unusual flavors to enjoy. Nationally, cider continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the beverage market. Hard cider, crafted from apples with the same careful attention that wine is developed from grapes, is naturally gluten-free, and makes use of fruit varieties that date back hundreds of years.
Over 75 separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout Washington State. Reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Northwest Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners. This year Edible Seattle is co-sponsoring Washington Cider Week. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://nwcider.com.
Here are a few highlights of Washington Cider Week:
- Experience the two-day Northwest Cider Summit festival at South Lake Union’s Discovery Center Park, featuring 110 ciders, 59 of which have never been poured at the Cider Summit before.
- Dine through three and four course prix fixe cider pairing dinners at the VUDE at South Lake Union and the Gastropod in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.
- Explore gluten-free menu choices paired with ciders at the Northwest’s newest cider bar, Capitol Cider.
- Discover special ciders on tap at taverns from Yakima to Tacoma to Bellingham, and in the new pub at Whole Foods in Seattle’s on Westlake.
- Taste menu items created especially to pair with particular ciders at Café Flora in Madison Park, Prima Bistro on Whidbey Island, and Terra Plata on Capitol Hill.
- Cycle a cider trail through Seattle with stops at pubs along the route, each offering cider samples.
- Complete an educational cider short course conducted by Chris Lehault, cider columnist for SeriousEats.com, at The Pantry at DeLancey in Ballard.
- Follow cider-themed craft cocktail trails, making special appearances at Seattle bars and restaurants like Tavern Law, the Stumbling Goat, and Tilth.
- Enjoy sweet and savory chocolate and cider pairings at Bravehorse in South Lake Union (featuring Theo Chocolates) and the Chocolate Box, near Pike Place Market.
- Gather at casual events planned in the garden at Bottlehouse in Madrona and on the deck at Beveridge Place in West Seattle.
The Northwest Cider Association is a trade organization representing 32 cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest in Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. Memberships are also available to individual cider enthusiasts, as well as retail shops, restaurants and beverage distributors. To learn more visit http://nwcider.com.