Cider Fest 2019
Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

Cider Fest 2019

We’re thrilled to share the details of Cider Fest 2019.

Make your plans now for a fun day of cider tasting in the Virginia Countryside. In addition to Castle Hill, five fellow Virginia cideries will be joining us for this event:

  • Albemarle Ciderworks

  • Big Fish Cider Co.

  • Blue Bee Cider

  • Courthouse Creek Cider

  • Old Hill Hard Cider

Tastings, glasses, and can/bottle purchases available.

Live music by Hard Swimmin’ Fish from 1-4:30 p.m.

Food Trucks! Moe’s BBQ, Firefly on the Fly, Sombrero’s, Good Waffles & Co., Blue Ridge Pizza Co.

Vendors! Victory & Bear Crafts, Magickal Things, Herb Angel, Silver Fern Handmade, sliced. cake bar, Corvus Creations, Creations by Dani, Back Pocket Provisions, and The Elysium Honey Co.

Bounce House and lawn games for the kiddos.

NEW this year!

Beekeeping Talk
12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Free
Diego Decorte, Elysium Honey
Did you know? Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are responsible for 1 of every 3 bites of food Americans eat. Learn more about the role of bees in our food cycle, how you can create a habitat, and more from 30-year beekeeping veteran Diego Decorte.

Cheese and Cider Tasting (SOLD OUT)
1:00 p.m.
Join Katie Moore, Executive Director of the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail, and Castle Hill's own Cider Maker, Stuart Madany, for this special event. You will taste four artisanal cheeses alongside four Castle Hill ciders during a guided pairing, with both Katie and Stuart offering notes along the way. This event requires pre-registration, and is limited to 30 attendees. $15 per person.

Heritage Cider Panel "VIP Taste and Learn" (10 Tickets Left)
2:30 p.m.
Representatives from each of our festival's participating cideries will lend their insight during this panel discussion focused on cider apple varieties, and making heritage cider in Virginia. Taste cider from Albemarle Ciderworks, Big Fish Cider Co., Blue Bee Cider, Castle Hill Cider, Courthouse Creek Cider, and Old Hill Hard Cider, while learning about the science behind the craft of cider making. This event requires pre-registration, and is limited to 30 attendees. $10 per person.

Cider Fest Tickets:
$20 in advance / $25 at the gate. 
Ticket price includes a souvenir glass and 10 tasting tickets. (5 tickets = one glass of cider)


Please note: Tickets for the Heritage Cider Panel and Cheese and Cider Tasting must be purchased in addition to the Cider Fest entry ticket.

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Friday Cheers
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

Friday, August 23rd

Mouth Wide Open Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Red and the Romantics
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Red & the Romantics' music has been described as Americana & Roots, though the sound is diverse.  Crossing over several genres, the songs are original and written by Erik "Red" Knierim.  With the blues master- Steve Riggs on bass, the colorful guitar playing of Steve Vargo, Billy Edmonds the guitar extraordinaire, the gypsy, gospel inspired melodies of Betty Jo Dominick's accordion and the musical drumbeat of Dan Barrale. There is a dancing feel, then there is a poetic side, and always a joyful groove.  A Charlottesville based band since 2011, Red & the Romantics is a good vibration that appeals to the young and old. 

Click here to learn more about Red and the Romantics.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for August 23 is Changing Tides.

Changing Tides, as an evolution of Seeds for Kindness, is dedicated to sharing and spreading kindness by giving back to our communities and to the earth. The products we offer — upcycled, repurposed, reimagined — are both environmentally conscious and financially supportive to important environmental organizations making an impact. 10% of cider sales for the August 23rd Friday Cheers will be directly donated to the Ocean Conservancy.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, August 15th

Two Brothers Southwestern Grill Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hard Swimmin’ Fish
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Their down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely their own. 

Click here to learn more about Hard Swimmin’ Fish.

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Friday Cheers
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

Friday, August 9th

Firefly Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Mojo Pie
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mojo Pie was created when Susan Munson (Alligator, Mama Tried) invited Frank Bechter (Bobblehead, Her Checkered Past) to a songwriters workshop, and they've been bringing original songs and eclectic covers to wineries, restaurants and events in Central Virginia ever since. With the addition of Rusty Speidel (SGGL, Michael Clem Trio), this slice of Mojo Pie is bass, two guitars, and rich three-part harmonies.

Click here to learn more about Mojo Pie.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, August 1st

Mouth Wide Open Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bomar and Ritter
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter met in Nashville, Tennessee and for more than 29 years have been performing their brand of contemporary folk /pop music. They are proficient performers, drawing on diverse influences such as Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Ray Charles, Neil Young, The Beatles and the Eagles (to name a few!), and are known for their tight harmony, intricate guitar arrangements and lighthearted stage manner. As one fan reviewed... “Stories are woven of smooth emotion and easy recall... Their music flows like summer stream...”

Click here to learn more about Bomar and Ritter.

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Friday Cheers
Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for July 26th is Green Dogs Unleashed.

Friday, July 26th

Mouth Wide Open Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Billy and the Backbeats
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In 1988, Billy Brockman started "Billy & the Backbeats" as a side project to other musical ventures. The "Backbeats" involved a rotating cast of great musiciansover the years. The newest line up is Billy Brockman, guitar and vocals, Gary Burnette, bass and vocals and Larry Sappington, drums. The new "Billy & the Backbeats" play an energetic mix of Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul and even Classic Country at a comfortable volume. This band is ideal for wineries, breweries, street festivals and private parties. Great songlist, great chemistry and excellent musicianship are what this band is all about!

Click here to learn more about Billy and the Backbeats.

Green Dogs Unleashed is a non-profit organization committed to rescuing animals in need, rehabilitating them and professionally training them to become Therapy dogs and then placing them in homes to give back to the community. We focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and training of special needs animals to work with special humans in need. All our animals are currently trained and rehabilitated at Unleashed Canine Training Academy, in Troy, Virginia.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, July 18th

Blue Ridge Pizza Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bisgaier, LaVelle & Milor
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Old style blues with a hint of jazz featuring Waverly Milor, lead singer of Hard Swimming Fish providing vocals/harmonica, with Larry Bisgaier on guitar and Andre Lavelle on bass.

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Friday Cheers
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

Friday, July 12th

Moe’s BBQ Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Sauna Mountain Valley
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for July 12th is The Arc of the Piedmont.

About The Arc of the Piedmont:
The Arc of the Piedmont was founded in 1954 when a group of parents and friends of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities came together recognizing that school and community inclusion would not happen without their advocacy and support. We are still just as diligent today to ensure access to the full range of human and civil rights for all people with disabilities.

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Friday Cheers
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for June 28th is Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

About the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that provides a safe environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of Charlottesville and Albemarle County and aims to place each animal in a loving home. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's mission is to advance the compassionate treatment of animals by providing sheltering, medical care, and behavioral services for dogs and cats; promoting permanent, caring homes; and furthering education and outreach.

Catch the Chef Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by The Robert Jospé Trio
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pet Photography by NancyJanelle Wood
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Bring your pet and have a professional photo snapped for a $5 donation to the SPCA. Photos will be available to download within 48 hours of the event on NancyJanelle’s Facebook page.

The Robert Jospé Trio features some of the areas best known musicians: Jonah Kane West, B3 Organ, Eric Franzen, keys, Bob Hallahan, piano, Brian Mesko, bass and guitar, Randy Johnston, guitar, Randall Pharr, bass and Dhara Goradia, bass.

“I love to play different styles of music and to be in bands with great musicians” – Robert Jospé

Click here to learn more about The Robert Jospé Trio.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, June 20th

Mouth Wide Open Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Greg Ward
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Greg Ward, a man of many talents; vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Seasoned in reggae, roots, rock, his gift offers an inviting vibe, inspiring one to heights of oneness through his passion on stage. His original, positive and conscious lyrics, as well as chart topping covers over his natural reggae rhythms, captivates audiences, whether performing as a "one man band" or with one of his many outfits; Greg Ward Project and Positive Collective. As a "one man reggae band" Greg mesmerizes his audiences with his looping skills, building entire songs from scratch while utilizing his loop station, guitar, drum machine, and a microphone creating layers; in turn, projecting a full band sound!

Click here to learn more about Greg Ward.

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Friday Cheers
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for June 14th is Ishan Gala Foundation.

Friday, June 14th

Firefly Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Beleza Duo with Madeline and Berto Sales
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

United by musical interests that include samba, funk, soul, blues, bossa, jazz and Spanish flamenco; Humberto Oliveira Sales and Madeline Holly Sales blend the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic riches from North and South America.

Berto, native to Brazil, pursued a formal education in classical guitar. His knowledge of Brazilian rhythms and study of Spanish Flamenco add to the unique finger picking style he uses. Madeline brings with her the strong influence of soul, jazz and blues. She sings in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Her sensual, rich voice, playful interpretations, and strong stage presence make their combination extremely unique.

As a duo, they enrich their performances by including live percussion and vocal loops. With a full band, they get people out of their seats.

Click here to learn more about Beleza Duo with Madeline and Berto Sales.

About Ishan Gala Foundation
The Ishan Gala Foundation is present in the lives of children fighting cancer and their families to improve their quality of life during and after the treatment. IGF was founded by Ishan’s parents, Mayank and Sejal Gala in September 2008 after the loss of their child to neuroblastoma. Their goal was to bring comfort to families as they battle cancer and support research efforts to create better treatments for pediatric cancer. Visit http://ishangala.org/ to learn more.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, June 6

Two Brothers Southwestern Grill
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by The Fulltones
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Consisting of John Clark on lead guitar and vocals and Fulton Patrick on guitar harmonica and vocals. After a music career in Massachusetts, John retired to Charlottesville 7 years ago. In addition to this Duo, he fronts the local band, Blue Locomotive. Fulton has been part of the Charlottesville music scene for over 4 decades, playing solo, duo and in bands, including most recently The Stone Wheat Things. Together, they cover a wide variety of music, including R&B, Motown, Blues, and Rock and Roll from artists such as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Little Feat, Muddy Waters, the Thunderbirds and other music greats. John's Jazz background, and Fulton's Blues background, come together in this Duo for a unique musical blend.

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Friday Cheers
May
24
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for May 24th is AHIP.

Friday, May 24th

Firefly Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by Greg Howard + Peyton Tochterman
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Peyton Tochterman is a singer, guitarist and songsmith. He writes about what's real, with humor, honesty and grace. Together with Chapman Stick maestro Greg Howard, who simultaneously plays bass and lead on this amazing stringed instrument, they sound like a whole band, playing a mix of originals and fun interpretations of familiar rock songs.

About AHIP - Albemarle Housing Improvement Program
AHIP believes that everyone should be safe at home. We work year-round to provide emergency repairs, home rehabs, and energy-efficiency upgrades to families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Our mission is to ensure safe, affordable homes for our neighbors in need.

To get the job done, we work with a spectrum of community partners, including local governments, peer housing organizations, social services agencies, regional funders, a wide variety of volunteer groups, and donors. Together, we improve homes, preserve families’ assets, revitalize neighborhoods, and protect our local affordable housing stock.

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
May
16
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, May 16th

Two Brothers Southwestern Grill
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Live Music by YonderPhonics
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

YonderPhonics from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville VA, brings you driving rhythms & musical themes the likes of George Gershwin via The Black Keys. The 'Yonder Sound' is punctuated by rich lyricism reminiscent of Leonard Cohen & Fiona Apple. Featuring Kevin Culbertson’s vocals and guitar, Eric Cope on guitar, Dylan Farish on bass and Don Whitaker on drums; the group brings together a diverse set of influences to deliver a lasting sensation that is bound to make you move!

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Friday Cheers
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Cheers

Cheers, the weekend is here. Kick it off with cider in hand on the beautiful Castle Hill grounds. Our 600 acres are the perfect retreat, so gather your family (yes, we’re kid-friendly!) and friends to join us for live music and a local food truck on the second and fourth Fridays throughout the summer.

New this year: we will be partnering with charitable organizations for each instance of Friday Cheers, and donating 10% of cider sales during the times of the event. Plus, the organization will be on hand with information so you can learn more about the great work they do for our community. Our partner for May 10th is United Way Thomas Jefferson Area.

Friday, May 10th

Mouth Wide Open Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Kat and the Travelers
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

With an original focus on American roots blues, folk, and blues rock, kat &the travelers have performed in varying formats of duo, trio, and full band since 2007. As membership changed and interests evolved, the group began to settle into its current trio of Kathleen Kraft, Doug Hedstrom and Kelley Chapman in 2011, together developing an extensive songbook of roots jazz, blues, swing and country along with original songwriting.

Click here to learn more about Kat and the Travelers.

About United Way Thomas Jefferson Area
At the United Way­—Thomas Jefferson Area, we believe that when people from all backgrounds come together, the result is a stronger, more vibrant community. How do we do this? The three pillars that inform our mission—Community Philanthropy, Catalytic Leadership, and Dynamic Grantmaking—combined with our three areas of focus—Early Education & School Readiness, Making Work Pay & Self-Sufficiency, and Strategic Health Partnerships & Community Health—create our Community Table where everyone is welcome.

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Cinco de May Pole
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Cinco de May Pole

Mark your calendars for a Cinco de Mayo and May Pole celebration: Cinco de May Pole. We’re thrilled to host this joint celebration of cultures, representing a welcome to the season of warmth and Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla. Gather your family and friends and join us for festivities in the sun. 

Schedule of Events: 
12PM-1PM Create your crown and ribbon wand 

1PM Raising of the May Pole 

1:30PM-4PM: May Pole Dances; Live Music by Silo

12-4PM: Sombrero’s Food Truck

Live Music by Silo
Silo is Fiona Balestrieri and Seth Swingle, two musicians entwined in the True Vine of traditional music from England, Ireland, West Africa and Appalachia. Curious and dedicated globally-minded musicians, they recombine the building blocks of these centuries-old musics in new ways, creating a sound that is both instantly recognizable and fresh to the ear.  Influenced by everything from the Irish trad music explosion of the 1970’s to Malian kora music, solo ballads of the Ozarks to rollicking banjo showpieces, Silo has a unique take on the ongoing story of folk music.  Fiddle, flute, banjo, voice and percussive dance combine for performances as wide as they are deep.  

About The May Pole Celebration
While the origins of the May Pole celebrations are unknown, English historian Ronald Hutton concurs with Swedish scholar Carl Wilhelm von Sydow who stated that maypoles were erected "simply" as "signs that the happy season of warmth and comfort had returned." Their shape allowed for garlands to be hung from them and were first seen, at least in the British Isles, between AD 1350 and 1400 within the context of medieval Christian European culture.* Traditional celebrations take place around the world, typically the first of May (May Day), or in midsummer, and typically consist of music, dancing and feasting.  

About Cinco de Mayo
An annual celebration held on May 5, observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments.*

*Source: Wikipedia

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Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

Thursday Evening Sunset Music Series

Escape the hustle and bustle of the workweek and relax at Castle Hill Cider. Beautiful rolling countryside, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, live music, and of course - refreshing heritage cider. Plan to join us on the first and third Thursdays throughout the summer - you won’t want to miss this amazing line-up.

Thursday, May 2nd

Moe’s BBQ Food Truck
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Michael Clem Trio
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

“When these tunes are delivered by the Michael Clem Trio’s tasty 3 part harmonies and masterful accompaniment from Speidel and Gunn, you will be glad you found them.”
-Aer Stephen (“Folk & Beyond” 91.1 FM WTJU in Charlottesville, VA)

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Wassail Party
Jan
19
4:00 PM16:00

Wassail Party

Help us usher in blessings for the healthy growth of our apple trees in the new year while you:

  • Design natural headdress wreaths

  • Sip on a variety of hard ciders, including mulled cider

  • Listen to the sweet sounds of the string duo, Silo.

  • Close out the evening with a huge bonfire in our orchards!

Firefly food truck will be on-site for the duration of the event offering a variety of seasonal snacks for purchase!

Click here for pre-sale tickets (regular admission only), redeemable by will-call at cidery on day of event.

All tickets available on day of event, including non-drinker admission and kids.

*Regular Admission $18
(includes headdress-making materials, (2) glasses of hard cider, live music)
*Non-drinker Admission $10
(includes headdress materials, (2) non-alcoholic drinks, live music)
*Kids under 12 get in FREE

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Green Dogs Unleashed‎  6Th Annual GDU Santa Paws and Vendor Extravaganza
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Green Dogs Unleashed‎ 6Th Annual GDU Santa Paws and Vendor Extravaganza

Join us for the 6th Annual Green Dogs Unleashed Santa Paws Photos and Vendor Extravaganza. Come out with the whole
Family, furry and feathered friends included, for photos with Santa, and get all your holiday shopping done in one place with over 40 vendors in attendance.
Come For breakfast and stay for lunch with some of our awesome food trucks, and make sure to pick up your tickets for our Tricky Tray Raffles, with incredible prizes from all over Our area. All proceeds benefit Green Dogs Unleashed, a Special Needs Animal Rescue and Therapy Dog Program.
For more information, keep and eye on our website at GreenDogsUnleashed.com and visit us on Facebook!

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Castle Hill @Alexandria Cider Fest
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Castle Hill @Alexandria Cider Fest

Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 9 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes 8 tastings, a souvenir glass, live music, and fun fall activities. Food trucks available. Additional tasting tickets and special tasting lectures available for purchase onsite. Dress for the weather – this event is outdoors!

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Tilmans Cider Pairing
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Tilmans Cider Pairing

Tilman’s pairs up with Castle Hill Cider as part of the 2018 Cider Week!

We will explore local ciders from Castle Hill, including some of their new releases.

Each cider will be perfectly paired with cheese

6:30: a welcome glass of cider

7:00: The seated tasting begins

Tickets: $30

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Castle Hill Cider @Montpelier Races
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Castle Hill Cider @Montpelier Races

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

When planning your tailgate please consider our sponsors:

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

PLEASE NO GRILLS OR OPEN FIRES, see below.

Gates Open 9 AM
Terrier Races 10:30 AM
First Post time 12:30 PM

Last Post Time – approximately 4:30 PM

Race Day Activities:

Jack Russell Terrier Races – near the flat track at 10:30 AM

Entries now being accepted for Terrier Races AND Mutts and More. Click here for the Entry Form

Stick Horse Races – pre enter at the Montpelier Tent prior to 11:15. For children 2-11, on the Racecourse in front of the Race Towe

Tailgate Contest – no entry fee, just let the office know prior to race day that you would like to be judged, we need your location 540-672-0014 or email info@montpelierraces.org. Great prizes and lots of fun ! More information can be found on our Race Day Information page and Facebook.

Hat Contest – Always a big hit and right after the second race on the racecourse in front of the Race Tower. Judged on elegance, or best race theme, even a group prize! Sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland. More information can be found on our Race Day Information page.

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Castle Hill @Fire Flour & Fork
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Castle Hill @Fire Flour & Fork

Gather friends and family for this dine-around event as Virginia chefs, brewers and distillers take on rivals from Massachusetts for the title of first (and best) Thanksgiving. Wine and cider from Virginia Wine Board plus Iron Clad Distillery bourbon. Joy Crump of Foode, Will Gilson of Puritan and Co., Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q, Velma Johnson of Mama J's, Jason Bullard of Graduate Richmond, Michael Hall of Spoonbread, Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider and Edwards Virginia Ham are just some of the participants. $60 after Sept. 15th. From soup to pie, try samplings from both states. Presented by C.F. Sauer with additional sponsors American Evolution, Virginia Wine Board, Iron Clad Distillery and Hayden Flour Mills. Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag.

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2018 Heritage Trail Run
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Heritage Trail Run

Runners Receive:

1 Glass of Cider from Castle Hill Cider, Finisher’s Medal, Technical (Drifit) Event Shirt, & A Chip Timed Event

Benefiting Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption

Come out and enjoy these scenic 5k/10k cross country courses around the scenic property.

Walkers and leashed pets are welcome to attend this event.  Strollers are welcome, but course may not be suitable for the average stroller.

Now offering a virtual run option for those who cannot make it on race day.  You will receive a medal.

 

Race Start Times

10k/5k – 10am

 

Registration Fees

5k – $30, until Oct 15 ($35)

10k – $45, until Oct 15 ($50)

T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered before Oct 17.  We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but it is on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Packet Pickup

At the event (one hour before the race starts).

 

Race Day Registration

There will be race day registration. Participants will need to arrive around 45 minutes before the race to get registered for the event. T-shirts sizes can not be guaranteed for race day registers.

 

Directions to Parking

The race starts and ends at Castle Hill Cider (6065 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick, VA 22947).  Parking is on-site.

 

Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption (BRGA) is a racing-neutral, non-profit greyhound rescue and adoption organization serving the entire Northern Virginia and adjacent areas east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. BRGA was founded in May, 2005 in Leesburg, Virginia. BRGA is dedicated to finding responsible, loving homes for retired racing greyhounds. Our goal is to promote public awareness about what excellent pets these elegant dogs make.

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