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Cider Fest 2019

  • Castle Hill Cider 6065 Turkey Sag Road Keswick, VA, 22947 United States (map)

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.
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.

Earlier Event: August 23
Friday Cheers