Monday, November 14, 2011

Cider Days 2011

An autumn weekend in the Pioneer Valley, a jam-packed schedule of ciders tastings, non-stop conversation with North America's leading cider makers and apple growers... add them all together and you got Cider Days, the nations biggest cider event and a perfect example of a successful grass-routes food movement.
Not an ounce of pretentiousness floats as cider's well-known characters come together and sip home-made drink along side scores of home-cider makers. The goal is not to forward anyone or any particular style, but to collectively better the skills of all involved with the craft. Cider Days is a beautiful moment when the keepers of American tradition get together and strengthen each others commitment to self-sufficiency and higher standards. It's nothing short of the strongest cider culture in America since the 19th century.