An outdoor cider festival on the Presidio’s Main Post Lawn, with 150 artisanal ciders and cidermakers pouring for you is one great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And for cider fans, it’s an absolute must-do as the region’s largest cider-centric happening. The third annual Cider Summit SF is Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring several dozen of the very best ciders produced right here in the Bay Area, plus regional (Seattle Beer Collective) and national (half a dozen states) and international (five countries) brands.
Calling all cider lovers and cider curious
Cider Summit, also in Chicago, Portland and Seattle, goes from strength to strength as the popularity of cider zooms upward on the charts. Alan Shapiro, co-founder of Cider Summit SF says that interest is growing “at a phenomenal rate.” He adds, “This year, we’re expecting over 3,000 people to attend Cider Summit SF and are excited to bring together even more popular and unique artisanal ciders…at the “region’s largest-ever tasting opportunity for both cider lovers and the cider curious.”
Come hungry, bring Fido
Ticketholders will be invited to cast their ballots at the first-ever Fruit Cider Challenge, featuring pilot batches produced especially for the event. While awaiting the result, meet with cidermakers ready to share information throughout the afternoon tastings. Slow Hand BBQ, Whole Foods Market Truck and other assorted small bites will be available from on-site vendors. The event will also feature a “Dog Lounge” hosted by Berkeley Humane & Wag Hotels, as well as an event store featuring Cider Summit SF T-shirts.
Tickets are $40 online in advance or where sold at Whole Foods Markets, or $45 at the gates, cash only. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available at $2 per ticket. VIP tickets are $50, with exclusive early access for the first hour (beginning at noon) and with two additional tasting tickets. Designated driver tickets are $5. Accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge. Ticket sales support The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane and the California Cider Association.
Remember, the PresidiGo shuttle is free from downtown. It runs between Embarcadero BART and the Presidio transit stop. Alternatively, several Muni routes serve the Presidio and there’s plenty of parking inside the park.
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