Cider Week

The state of Virginia celebrates its fifth annual Cider Week November 11-20, 2016. The week showcases locally fermented, artisanal ciders crafted by cideries throughout the Commonwealth. In 2012, the Governor’s office proclaimed the first official Cider Week in an effort to bring more recognition to the craft and the ever-growing number of cideries in Virginia. A variety of events including workshops, tastings, dinners, will be held in locations around the state.  We’ve compiled a list here. Start filling your calendar and enjoy this historical beverage! Visit ciderweekva.com for a complete list of events.

 

Cider Week November 11-20, 2016
All Week – November 11-20
Blue Ridge Highlands
Foggy Ridge Flights at Dogtown Pizza
Dogtown Pizza brings many intresting acts to Floyd in its entertainment hall, offers wood-fired pizza and much more. Celebrate the best of Virginia cider with special flights of Foggy Ridge Cider all week.
Dogtown Roadhouse
302 South Locust Street
540.745.6836
Floyd

 
Central Virginia
Cider & Food Pairing at Comfort, 5:30-10:30pm
All week long, Comfort will be offering 3 different ciders from Potter’s Craft Cider paired with 3 different varieties of country ham hand selected by Chef Jason Alley.
Comfort
200 West Broad St.
Richmond

 
Virginia Mountains
4th Annual Roanoke Cider Cocktail Competition
Local Roanoke restaurants and bars vie to see who can make the best cocktail using Foggy Ridge Cider brands. Joining the competition are Local Roots, Lucky, Fortunato, River and Rail, and Blue Apron. The public votes by purchasing cider cocktails from any or all of the Cider Cocktail locations. At the end of Cider Week, the restaurant who sells the most cocktails is declared the winner. Many of these cocktails have gone on to further fame in other competitions across the state and country. It’s a great way to see how versatile cider really is in the masterful hands of our participants. Come out and “vote” for your favorite.

 
Thursday, November 10
Central Virginia
Small Plate & Foggy Ridge Cider Pairing
Thursday – Saturday, November 10-12, 5-10pm – this takes place all weekend; not sure how to show that.
Castenea will offer $5 small plates paired with a free small pour of Foggy Ridge Cider. Plus, glass and bottle specials all three days.
Castanea Restaurant
1814 E. Main Street
Richmond
Friday, November 11
Blue Ridge Highlands
Foggy Ridge Harvest Moon Tasting, 4:30-6:30pm
Harvest Moon Foods welcomes Foggy Ridge Cider to kick off Virginia Cider Week! Enjoy a select tasting of Foggy Ridge award-winning local ciders paired with seasonal cheeses.
Harvest Moon Foods
227 N. Locust Street
Floyd
540.745.4366
harvestmoonfoods.com
Saturday, November 12
Central Virginia
Apple Cider Making Demonstration, 9am-5pm
Apple Cider Making Demonstration with Tom Burford at Saunders Brothers Farm Market. Tom Burford, the “Apple Professor” and author of several books about apples, will delight you with tales of his experience of establishing cideries around the world. Mr. Burford will explain apple varieties for home cider making.
Saunders Brothers Orchard & Farm Market
2717 Tye Brook Highway
Piney River
434.277.5455

 
Courthouse Creek Cider Maker’s Dinner, 6pm
Enjoy a delicious meal paired with Courthouse Creek Cider. $65
1581 Maidens Road
Maidens
courthousecreek.com

 
Potter’s Craft Cider Brunch at Lucy’s, 10am-2pm
Chef Jason Lucy will be putting together a menu of brunch specials designed to pair with Potter’s Craft Cider as well as some cider cocktail specials. The perfect way to gear up for the Richmond Cider Celebration in Shockoe Bottom later that day!
Lucy’s Restaurant in Jackson Ward
404 N. 2nd Street
Richmond
lucys2st.wordpress.com

 
Richmond Cider Celebration, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy cider tastings from VA cideries, food from Richmond area chefs, live music, and educational workshops.
Tickets: $20
17th Street Farmer’s Market
100 N. 17th Street
Richmond
ciderweekva.com

 
 
Tuesday, November 15
Blue Ridge Highlands
Foggy Ridge Dinner at Hardware Bar and Grill, 6:30pm
Hardware Bar & Grill welcomes Foggy Ridge Cider to its first ever cider dinner. Chef Jay will prepare a three course meal featuring seasonal, local ingredients paired with a selection of Foggy Ridge’s finest ciders.
Hardware Bar and Grill
508 North Main Street
Hillsville
276.728.3141
hardwarebarandgrill.com

 
Central Virginia
Potter’s Cider Dinner at Southbound, 5:30-10pm
A five course dinner paired with five different ciders from Potter’s Craft Cider, including a cask conditioned pin of Oak Barrel Reserve with cinnamon and vanilla added for dessert. Two seatings available. Call 804.918.5431 for reservations.
Southbound
3036 Stony Point Road
Richmond
southboundva.com

 
Wednesday, November 16
Central Virginia
Virginia Cider Tap Night at District 5, 5-9pm
A chance to try multiple ciders on tap from Potter’s Craft Cider, Buskey, and Bold Rock.
District 5
1911 W. Main Street
Richmond
district5rva.com

 
Friday, November 18
Blue Ridge Highlands
Republic of Floyd Tasting, 5-7pm
Republic of Floyd showcases local arts, crafts, and a wide selection of snacks, beer, wine and fine cider. Enjoy a select tasting of the season’s best ciders. Call 276.728.3141 for reservations.
Republic of Floyd
114-B S. Locust Street
Floyd
Saturday, November 19
Open House Weekend
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 20 & 21
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Blue Ridge Highlands
Gleaning Self-Guided Tours at Foggy Ridge, 11am-5pm
Stroll the Foggy Ridge Cider orchards, glass of cider in hand, and take a look at late fall in a cider apple orchard and pick up the last of the fruit for the year. Self-guided gleaning tour and tasting $7. Gleaning—“to collect leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as a way to support the local farming community.”
Foggy Ridge Cider
1328 Pineview Road
Dugspur
276.398.2337
foggyridgecider.com

 
Virginia Mountains
Meet the Cider (& Wine) Maker at Local Roots Restaurant, 4-5pm
Visit Roanoke’s home for all things local to chat with representatives from Foggy Ridge Cider and Blenheim Winery. Sample “tree versus vine” pairings of Foggy Ridge Cider blends and Blenheim wines matched with artisan cheese from VA and NC. $15
Local Roots Restaurant
1314 Grandin Road
Roanoke
540.206.2610

 
Central Virginia
Live Music at Albermarle Ciderworkds, 2:30-4:30pm
Music by Larry Becker & Brett Twitty. Cider and light picnic fare available for purchase.
Albermarle Ciderworks
2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden
albermarleciderworks.com

 
 
Sunday, November 20
Open House Weekend
Sat. & Sun., Nov. 20 & 21
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Blue Ridge Highlands
Cider Making Class at Foggy Ridge Cider, 1-3pm
Our assistant Sammy Malavarca returns from Colorado’s Stem Cidery where she was Cidermaker to help teach a basic workshop on cider making. Join Sammy at Foggy Ridge where she will walk you through the process of how to ferment your own cider as well as the things that make Foggy Ridge Cider so different. $25.
Foggy Ridge Cider
1328 Pineview Rd.
Dugspur
276.398.2337
foggyridgecider.com
Central Virginia
Apple Tasting & Tree Catalog Launch at Albermarle Ciderworkds, 11am-4pm
Tree planting time is just around the corner! Join the Vintage Virginai Apples team for a very special apple tasting and 2016/2017 Catalog Release! We offer 100 apple varieties through our catalog, and will select some of our favorite cider and dual-purpose apples for this special tasting. Live music at 2:30pm. Cider and light fare available for purchase.
Albermarle Ciderworks
2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden
albermarleciderworks.com

Visit ciderweekva.com for a complete list of events.

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