Perhaps you’ve noticed the early soundings of the cider revolution. Perhaps you’ve started to notice it on tap alongside craft beer at some of Seattle’s finer drinkeries. Cider is the fasted growing segment of the adult beverage industry. The fact that we have great artisan ciders here in the Pacific Northwest should not be surprising. We pretty much have great artisan everything in the Pacific Northwest.
SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective present Cider Summit Seattle. The event takes place in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood at the Lake Union Discovery Center (near corner of Westlake and Denny) on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only) at the door. Get them at Stranger tickets, all Whole Foods locations, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops.
In all there will be more than 80 ciders available for you to sample. Like you’d expect at a beer fest, the people responsible for the product will be there for you to talk to you about their ciders. Along with the cider, enjoy live music, specially selected food pairings, and even a dog lounge where your pooch can get a drink (water). Event proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association and the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.
Friday, September 6, 3:00 – 8:00
Saturday, September 7, noon – 6:00
Here’s the press release:
Cider Summit Seattle Expands to Two Days
Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Returns to South Lake Union
(Seattle, WA) August 5, 2013 SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Seattle, WA. The fourth annual event expands to two days – Friday, September 6 from 3p-8p and Saturday, September 7 from 12n-6p. Cider Summit will once again be at The South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle. The event is presented by Whole Foods Market.
This will be the eighth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland and Chicago over the last three years. Each event features 80+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, England, France and Spain.
“We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our event in Seattle,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. “We believe we have added some nice features and a unique selection of over 100 ciders that will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”
The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions. In addition to the superb range of ciders, 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. New for 2013 is a “dog lounge” water station.
“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets, all Whole Foods locations, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 8 drink tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass. The event is 21 and over only. Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds. For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummit.com.
Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.
Cider Summit NW is presented by Whole Foods Market. Supporting sponsors include Capitol Cider, Umpqua Bank, Click Wholesale Distributing, The Stranger, and KNDD – The End 107.7.