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Ciderfest comes to Cashmere July 28

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Local cideries participating

CASHMERE - The majority of the Wenatchee Valley’s hard cider makers will be in Cashmere this weekend pouring their samples at The Big Chill Ciderfest.  Eleven cideries will participate in the first time event, slated for July 28,  from 4-10 p.m.  The Big Chill is being erected in the parking lot of Liberty Orchards on Mission Avenue.   

Visitors will enjoy cider tasting, a lounge area in the mister cooled “chill pavilion,” free games like the bean bag toss and an exhibit on cider making from the Cashmere Museum.  Food concessions on site include The Wild Boar serving brats, potato salad and beverages, Kanoa Shave Ice, and Chris & Becks Pitas serving  a variety of sandwiches and sides.  Led by Sergio Cuevas and Markus Hoyer, a live trio will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and a comprehensive selection of bottled local ciders will be available for sale.

The Big Chill will feature apple ciders, pearies and cherry ciders.  Participating cider makers are Centre Ring, Longdrop Cider Co., Phillippi Fruit Company, Rootwood Cider, Snowdrift Cider, Steelhead Cider, Bad Granny Hard Cider, PearUp, Manchester Road, Archibald James Cider Works, and Barnes Etc. Hard Cider Shed.
Barns Etc Hard Cider Shed and Archibald James Cider Works are based in Cashmere.  

Archibald James Cider Works, new to the cider industry, will debut three ciders at the Big Chill:  Smashapple, Dry Sider and Cerise Sèche.  They have been developing a series of small-batch ciders over the past 6 months in their facility in Yaksum Canyon.  Using organic apples, the fermentation process occurs in stainless tanks and oak barrels.  Archibald James ciders range from traditional styles to seasonal fruit co-fermentations with a focus on the dry side of the flavor profile.

Cascade Farmlands, the non-profit host of the event, has been working with Gina Imperto and the team at the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce since last fall to debut Chelan and Douglas County ciders to the public.  Their vision is to position the Apple Capital region as a leading hard cider destination in the Pacific Northwest, and to place Cashmere at the heart of the annual tasting event.

Cascade Farmlands receives funding from the Port of Chelan County for economic development for the region’s ag businesses and tourism.  Funding for the Chamber’s participation comes from lodging tax funds designated by the county and Washington’s Playground.   

Tickets to the Big Chill Ciderfest are $30 per single and $55 per couple and can be purchased at the event or online now at cascadefarmlands.com.  Entry to the Big Chill includes a commemorative tasting glass and totebag, 12  taste tickets and a 13th taste token to vote for your favorite.  Must be 21.

Cideries participating in the Big Chill Ciderfest

Manchester Road Cider Company:
824 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816 , (509)393-8375, www.manroadcider.com
Opened March 2016 in Wenatchee and moved to Chelan in September 2017.
Serving: • Manchester Road Cider '42'

Rootwood Cider Co:
45 Wapato Way Manson, WA 98831, (509)888-8215, www.rootwoodcifer.com
Opened in August 2015
Serving: • Hop Infused,
              •  Golden Tri

Bad Granny Hard Cider:
1681 South Lakeshore Rd, Chelan, WA 98816, (509)682-5538. www.badgrannycider.com
Opened in the Fall of 2007.

 Barns Etc. "Hard Cider Shed":
 5420 Woodring Canyon Rd, Cashmere, WA 98815, (509)670-8029, www.hardcidershed.com

Centre Ring:
281 11th St NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802, (509)993-4948,www.centre-ring.com
Opened in 2016
Serving: • Cidermaker's Cut Reserve Apple
              • Cidermaker's Cut Reserve Pear

Pear UP:
221 11th St. NE East Wenatchee, WA 98802, (509)993-4948, www.pearupcider.com
Opened in 2013
Serving: • Watermelon Pear
              • Raspeary
              • Pearmosa
 

Independent Cider:
7532 Scheble Rd, Dryden, WA 98821

Phillippi Fruit Company:
1921 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509)662-8522, www.phillippifruit.com

Snowdrift Cider Co:
277 S. Ward Ave, East Wenatchee, WA 98802, (509)630-3507, www.snowdriftcider.com

Steelhead Cider:
114 East Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816, (509)670-2354, www.steelheadcider.com
Opened about 4 years ago
Serving: • Peargatory
              •  Backroad's Boysenberry

Longdrop Cider Co:
894 US Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826, (509)699-1850, www.longdropcider.com
 

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