After many hours of conversation, and in consultation with local public health officials, the Northwest Cider Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the NW Cider Symposium due to the spread of COVID-19 virus in Washington state. This was a difficult decision, as we all were excited to learn, grow and connect with our Northwest cider community.
The Northwest Cider Association holds our community’s health and wellness as our highest priority. For this reason, the Board of Directors is following the guidance of the local public health officials and postponing the symposium until a later date, likely in early 2021.
We realize that the economic impact of postponing the event will affect our participants, as it will impact the NWCA. With individual vendors, small businesses, and service workers in mind, the Northwest Cider Association urges registrants to retain your registration for the postponed symposium. Not only will you support your community and ensure that we can defray costs for our small business colleagues, we commit to honoring your 2020 symposium ticket price through 2021.
We are currently investigating options for remote learning sessions, particularly in the area of online and direct-to-consumer sales. Please be on the lookout for further information on these sessions and more information about rescheduling this conference!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sherrye Wyatt
Cidermakers Announce Third Annual Washington Cider Week
Celebrate the state’s most exciting beverage with more than 75 activities, September 5-15
SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider. The celebration kicks off with two Seattle events, the first on September 5 at Capitol Cider on Capitol Hill, followed by the two-day Northwest Cider Summit at South Lake Union. Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. Fourteen Washington cideries are participating.
Cidermakers in Washington have a lot to celebrate. Several regional cideries have won major awards for their traditional dry ciders and perrys, while new blends featuring black currants, honey, hops, lavender and quince are giving cider fans plenty of unusual flavors to enjoy. Nationally, cider continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the beverage market. Hard cider, crafted from apples with the same careful attention that wine is developed from grapes, is naturally gluten-free, and makes use of fruit varieties that date back hundreds of years.
Over 75 separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout Washington State. Reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Northwest Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners. This year Edible Seattle is co-sponsoring Washington Cider Week. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://nwcider.com.
Here are a few highlights of Washington Cider Week:
- Experience the two-day Northwest Cider Summit festival at South Lake Union’s Discovery Center Park, featuring 110 ciders, 59 of which have never been poured at the Cider Summit before.
- Dine through three and four course prix fixe cider pairing dinners at the VUDE at South Lake Union and the Gastropod in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.
- Explore gluten-free menu choices paired with ciders at the Northwest’s newest cider bar, Capitol Cider.
- Discover special ciders on tap at taverns from Yakima to Tacoma to Bellingham, and in the new pub at Whole Foods in Seattle’s on Westlake.
- Taste menu items created especially to pair with particular ciders at Café Flora in Madison Park, Prima Bistro on Whidbey Island, and Terra Plata on Capitol Hill.
- Cycle a cider trail through Seattle with stops at pubs along the route, each offering cider samples.
- Complete an educational cider short course conducted by Chris Lehault, cider columnist for SeriousEats.com, at The Pantry at DeLancey in Ballard.
- Follow cider-themed craft cocktail trails, making special appearances at Seattle bars and restaurants like Tavern Law, the Stumbling Goat, and Tilth.
- Enjoy sweet and savory chocolate and cider pairings at Bravehorse in South Lake Union (featuring Theo Chocolates) and the Chocolate Box, near Pike Place Market.
- Gather at casual events planned in the garden at Bottlehouse in Madrona and on the deck at Beveridge Place in West Seattle.
The Northwest Cider Association is a trade organization representing 32 cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest in Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. Memberships are also available to individual cider enthusiasts, as well as retail shops, restaurants and beverage distributors.
To learn more visit our Washington Cider Week pages.