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PA Cider Festival makes home in Gettysburg, Pa.

Inaugural event expected to bring 30 cider makers to Pa. Fruit Belt

1/14/2016

Home to more than 30 cideries and ranked fourth in the United States for apple production, Pennsylvania is celebrating cider in a big way with a statewide festival on June 25, 2016, just outside Gettysburg, Pa.

Coined “Cider Town” because of its growing hard cider industry, Gettysburg welcomes cider makers and cider enthusiasts to this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of alcoholic ciders – sweet, dry and many infused with other fruits and spices.

“Cider has emerged as the next big beverage trend,” said Mary Bigham, Founder and Co-Owner of Dish LLC and publisher of the online publication Cider Culture. “There is no better place to hold the inaugural PA Cider Fest than in the heart of the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt.”

The one-day festival welcomes cider makers from throughout Pennsylvania to showcase their ciders, provide samples and many vendors will be able to sell product directly to ticket holders. Activities will include special seminars from cider experts focusing on apple pressing, cider apples, cider pairing and tasting tips. 

“I think it's a great way to showcase not only the ciders that are available from Pennsylvania but more specifically what can be grown right here in Adams County,” said Adams County cidermaker Ben Kishbaugh of Big Hill Ciderworks, one of the event’s vendors.

The inaugural PA Cider Festival will be held at Jack’s Hard Cider, commonly known as Hauser Estate Winery in Orrtanna, Pa., less than 10 miles from Downtown Gettysburg, Pa.

“It’s important to host an event like this to bring the Pennsylvania cider community together in one location and celebrate Pennsylvania agriculture,” said Jonathan Patrono, Owner of Jack’s Hard Cider. “We grow, press and ferment all of our cider on-site, so those who attend the festival will be able to see first-hand the full cider making process.”

Sponsors of the event include PA Preferred and the Pennsylvania Apple Association. 

With live music and an artisan market, Adams County orchards will offer a picturesque backdrop to taste the finest Pennsylvania-produced ciders. The festival will also feature foods for purchase from local food trucks and vendors.

Additional weekend events will include exclusive tap takeovers at a variety of restaurants and pubs in downtown Gettysburg showcasing Pennsylvania ciders, dishes and pairings. The festival weekend will kick off with an exclusive meet-the-cider makers dinner at Beech Springs Farm, Friday, June 24. Limited seating will be available. 

“Adams County tourism continues to evolve, bringing more product in agritourism and culinary tourism,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “The PA Cider Fest is a perfect combination of both experiences and the event is expected to be a great addition to what the region is offering its visitors.”

The event will raise funds for the PA Cider Guild. Guild President Hank Frecon of Frecon Cidery believes the event will be a welcome platform to showcase statewide cider products, the Cider Guild and the industry as a whole.

For more information, visit www.paciderfest.com.

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