Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Cider makers from across Pennsylvania will converge on the rolling hills outside historic Gettysburg this summer for the second annual PA Cider Fest on June 24. The event gives cider enthusiasts and those new to the trending beverage a chance to sample dozens of cider varieties while enjoying great live entertainment and food trucks.
Coined “Cider Town” because of its growing hard cider industry, Gettysburg and its surrounding countryside will welcome more than 20 ciders makers and hundreds of cider enthusiasts to this statewide event, which will feature a variety of alcoholic ciders.
Adams County’s apple orchards will offer a picturesque backdrop to taste the finest Pennsylvania-produced ciders.
"I'm always excited to welcome cider enthusiasts to our backyard,” said Ben Kishbaugh of Big Hill Ciderworks located just north of Gettysburg. “The fruit production right here in Adams County is incredible, and being able to share that with other cider makers and drinkers is so much fun. Cider production has been progressive on the East Coast, and much of that is taking place right here in Pennsylvania.”
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So far, more than 400 tickets have been sold for PA Cider Fest, held at the home of Jack’s Hard Cider at Hauser Estate Winery in Biglerville, Pa. Last year, the event attracted 1,200 people to the one-day festival.
“Last year the festival drew hundreds of cider enthusiasts to Adams County, and I cannot wait to see even more participants this year,” said Mary Bigham of Cider Culture/Dish LLC. “Cider makers and volunteers will be waiting with smiles and lots of samples to help enthusiasts celebrate this incredible beverage.”
Tickets to the PA Cider Fest are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.
“It's going to be a great festival,” said Jonathan Patrono, President of Jack’s Hard Cider. “People hopefully will learn about hard cider and have some fun. We are proud to host this event at the home of Jack's Hard Cider and to invite our friends in the industry who make some of the best cider on the market.”
The PA Cider Fest is sponsored by PA Preferred, a program by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that encourages Pennsylvanians to support fellow state farmers by purchasing products made throughout the state.
In addition to cider tasting, festivalgoers can also purchase cider directly from participating cider makers. Also, activities will include special seminars from cider experts focusing on apple pressing, cider apples, cider pairing and tasting tips.
“The PA Cider Fest stands out as one of our favorite events with an incredible diversity of ciders and well-paired cheese makers, craft vendors and food trucks set on a beautiful estate vineyard. We look forward to being back every year," said Ronald Sansone, with DrinkingCider.com.
Festival transportation will be provided and accommodation packages will be available.
For the second year, the event will raise money for the Pennsylvania Cider Guild.
“The PA Cider Guild is very excited about this year’s PA Cider Fest,” said Hank Frecon, President of the Pennsylvania Cider Guild and Owner of Frecon Farms Cider. “Last year’s festival was such a major milestone for the emerging hard cider industry in Pennsylvania. We see the PA Cider Fest as a fun and festival way for the Guild to share the progress we have made in legislation, research and consumer education.”
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville.