Move over, craft brews. There’s a new drink in town, and it’s been growing in popularity for the last several years. North Carolina’s craft cider industry is the next big thing, and you can celebrate it at CiderFest NC 2018. Come to Salvage Station in Ashville from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 to taste the area’s best hard cider and mead.
General admission tickets are $33 and include a tasting glass and unlimited samples of cider and mead. You’ll also get to enjoy some artisanal food, live music, and more.
If you want even more out of the experience, get a VIT (Very Important Taster) ticket for $55. You’ll get to come an hour early, so you’ll get your drink on before the crowd arrives. Plus, there might even be some special ciders and meads at the event.
Here’s what you need to know.
Meet Your Makers
CiderFest NC brings in the best cider and mead makers in the country. Noble Cider is one of those makers, and it’s a standout. This place has a taproom in Ashville, and the staff works really hard to educate consumers about cider making. You’ll get to learn quite a bit when you get a pour from this company at the event.
That’s just one of dozens. You will get to taste all kinds of ciders, many of which hail from North Carolina. Be sure to branch out, though, and taste ciders from all around the country.
The cider will be delicious, but that’s not all. There will be musicians and vendors there, too. Stop by to listen to some Zimbabwean-style marimba or listen to some jazz. Then, grab some food or shop for arts and crafts. It’s a party, after all!
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Bring the Kids
Think cider and kids don’t mix? Well, the kids might not be able to drink, but they sure can play at this event. There will be a kids’ zone to keep the kiddos occupied while the parents sample cider, and you don’t even have to get them a ticket. Everyone under the age of 21 gets in for free. Forget the babysitter and bring the entire family.
CiderFest NC 2018 is going to be a blast, but the fun doesn’t have to end once it’s over. Get some new wheels from Renaldo Honda in Shelby, North Carolina, and your next adventure will just be a turn of the key away.