It’s that time again, the Cider Summit Northwest Festival is coming back to Seattle. Just like that friend of yours that drives an electric instead of a (god forbid) gasoline powered car, the ‘Summit is all about Cider when most people are looking for a wine or beer drinking event.
But this writer isn’t complaining. On the contrary I’m loving the idea of another year, walking near South Lake Union, while enjoying some rare and interesting ciders.
Much like previous year the event will be held at The South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle.
The event kicks off on September 6th from 3pm – 8pm, at a small cost of only $25 (online) or $30 at the door. Included in your fare is 8 drink tickets and a souvenir glass to drink your 4 ounce tastes in. For those who can’t get off that early, the Festival encores on Saturday September 7th from 12pm – 6pm. Cost is the same per day, so I would advise getting tickets online now.
“We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our event in Seattle,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. “We believe we have added some nice features and a unique selection of over 100 ciders that will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”
What I think makes Cider Summit apart from others is that owners and cider makers are encouraged to educate those curious about cider.
“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”
For those only seeing cider and more cider, without a scrap of food mentioned, don’t fret. As with previous years Whole Foods Market (a sponsor of the Cider Summit Northwest Festival) will provide food (for sale) and will be joined by Capitol Cider, and Smitten Truffles. In addition to food (and recognizing repeat festival going dogs) this year the festival features a “dog lounge” to keep your canines hydrated.
Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.