PRESS RELEASE: BC CIDER WEEK LAUNCHES OCTOBER 18!

FALLING FOR CIDER: INAUGURAL BC CIDER WEEK TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 17-25, 2015

The Northwest Cider Association launches week-long celebration to mark growing industry; kick-off event set for October 18 at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

Vancouver Island, British Columbia – August 25, 2015 - The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces the first annual BC Cider Week, an eight day craft cider celebration with more than 50 cider events, tastings and festivities anticipated throughout British Columbia.
The official BC Cider Week kick-off event takes place Sunday, October 18 from 2 – 6- p.m. at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse on Vancouver Island (2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd. Saanichton).

This tasting-style event with local food purveyors and live music by Jon Middleton will present a variety of Northwest ciders, including BC selections from Tod Creek Craft Cider (Victoria), Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill), and Sea Cider. Additional Northwest cideries include Oregon’s Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland) and Anthem (Salem), as well as Washington’s Finnriver (Chimacum), and Tieton Cider Works (Yakima).  A $15 ticket provides 4 tasting tickets, and $2 tickets for additional tastes or food will be available for purchase. Discounts for cyclists and free entry for designated drivers will be offered.

“We have seen truly amazing growth in British Columbia’s cider industry, with some really innovative styles and products,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Cider lovers throughout the Northwest won’t want to miss these festivities and the chance to meet the makers of truly premium products.”

Additional festivities include a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 24 at Tod Creek Cider, complete with pig roast and barn dance in costume. Throughout the week you'll find a wide range of tasting events at 11 cideries and dozens of other venues. Watch the calendar at www.nwcider.com as events are added.  When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the BC Cider Week Kick-off and cidermaker dinners. Follow along via @NWCider and #BCCiderWeek15. BC Cider Week is sponsored by Sip NW and CIDERCRAFT.  

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

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