CiderDays celebrates its 27th year this weekend with over 20 stops on this year’s Cider Trail, with orchards and cider houses in the region inviting you to explore the world of sweet cider, hard cider and apples on Saturdays. and the Sunday.
The Colorful Hills of Western Massachusetts and beyond offer 23 stops on this year’s Cider Trail with freshly picked apples, sweet cider, hard cider, cider donuts, apple brandy and spirits . The Cider Trail has stops primarily in Franklin, Hampshire, and Berkshire counties, two stops in Worcester County, and one across the border in Dummerston, Vermont.
A full list of stops, descriptions of each location, and information on special events can be found at ciderdays.org.
âMany commercial manufacturers got their start at CiderDays,â said Lisa Davol, director of marketing and events for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. âThe American Cider Association was born out of CiderDays and they normally have their annual meeting at the event every year, as their board of directors is made up of manufacturers from across the country. It’s great to see the impact this event has had on the craft beverage economy nationwide. “
Historically held on the first weekend of November, CiderDays have grown from humble roots to an international event that draws visitors from the United States, Canada and Europe. It offers apple tastings, orchard tours, sweet cider making or hard cider fermentation workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. This is the second year, due to COVID-19, that the event has taken the form of a Cider Trail, a safer alternative to crowded indoor tastings and workshops.
Pine Hill Orchards in Colrain will offer over 4,000 gallons of cider for cider growers to collect over CiderDays weekend. Many home and commercial ciders get their cider at Pine Hill every year. Pine Hill Orchard manager Brady Shearer said they’ve been on CiderDays since its inception and cider makers will be on hand to answer questions and hand out samples on Saturday.
Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield will have a cider pressing demonstration at 10 a.m. and an orchard tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, as well as cooking demonstrations with apples with Erika Cooper, of Butter & Birch, at 11 a.m. and Sandy D ‘Amato of Goodstock Farm at noon.
Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield will host a history workshop with the opportunity to taste unique apple varieties (including Westfield’s Seek No Far apple from their own rare tree), see their historic cider press and to make a pomander apple to take home. Apple-themed books to read and a collection of historic apple recipes will also be available.
West County Cider in Shelburne, famous for the country’s oldest cider house, will offer its legendary ciders, as well as access to the property’s hiking trails and picnic areas with tri-state views, throughout the weekend. There will also be discussions with apple experts over the two days.
Here is the list of participating establishments this year:
â Ashfield Town Hall and Community Hall, Ashfield.
â Orchards Apex, Colrain.
â Artificial cider project, Florence.
â Craft drink cooperative, Greenfield.
â Bear Marsh Orchard, Ashfield.
â Beaver Pond Distillery, Petersham.
â Berkshire Cider Project, North Adams.
â The brewery of Four Star Farms and Cameron’s Winery, Northfield.
â Carr Cider House, Hadley.
â Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield.
â Cold River and market package, Charlemont.
â Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls.
â Hall Tavern in Historic Deerfield.
â Upstream cider, Hawley.
â New preserves from Salem and new cider from Salem, new Salem.
â Pine Hill Orchards, Colrain.
â Ragged Hill Cider Co., West Brookfield.
â Scott Farm, Dummerston, Vermont.
â Shelburne Falls Cork, Shelburne Falls.
â Valley View Farm / Muse Cidre Bar, Haydenville.
â Puits Provisions, Charlemont.
â West County Cider, Shelburne.