Agenda 2023

Monday, March 13


11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Open House at Cockrell Cider (RSVP by email)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Industry Preview for buyers & media (Invite Only)
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM  NW Cider Symposium Tasting (Ticketed event) Sponsored by Great Little Box Co

Tuesday, March 14

Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM      Check In & Coffee in the Trade Show  Sponsored by Columbia Label
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Opening Session & Discussion Groups
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM  Workshop Sessions A
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM  Visit the Trade show
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM    Lunch  Sponsored by Heidi Moore Country Financial
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM      Workshop Sessions B
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM      Visit the Trade Show
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM      Workshop Sessions C
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM      Cider Happy Hour in the Trade Show  Sponsored by American Cider Association

All times are pacific time 

Each workshop session (A, B, & C) will feature 3 or 4 concurrent workshops. Workshops focus on making cider, cider business, marketing, and growing apples.

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor NW Naturals and Platinum Sponsor Wyeast!

The NW Cider Symposium would not be possible without our Allied Supplier Members sponsoring the event.

Breakout Sessions

During the Symposium you'll have 3 opportunities to attend an educational breakout session. There are four tracks to choose from: Executive, Making, Growing, and Marketing.

Executive Track

Cidery Data Analytics – Nerding Out With Numbers

Workshop Session A: 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Location: Ballroom D      


Let’s take a look at National & Regional cider in the PNW and cider’s performance compared to the total beer market utilizing IRI & Nielsen analytics. We’ll dive into trends, leading package formats, ABV, and cider styles. Learn how data can help your business & how to translate data to fine tune your approach to market sales and production.

An Inside Job: Building an Unbreakable Culture for Results

Workshop Session C: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Location: Meeting Room 316    


Want great performance for your company? Frustrated with never ending people issues? It’s time to fix your culture. Culture is measurable but not visible, simple but not easy, hard to build but easy to break. Join us to explore how Schilling Cider shifted their efforts to create a tangible positive culture that employees rave about.  

Marketing Track
Making Track
Growing Track

Discussion Groups

Tuesday morning starts with a Welcome Opening Session and two rounds of discussion groups. These round table discussions are designed to get attendees talking about common interests.

Discussion Group Topics

Apple & Fruit Sourcing
Blending Ideas
Cider Industry Status and Future
Clubs - Working with a Direct Shipper
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workforce
Economic Development
Environmentally Friendly Businesses
Fermentation & Quality Control
Foraging for Fruit
How to Talk to the Press
Human Resources
Managing Microbes

Mentorship Programs
Named Appelations for Cider Regions
New to the Industry /Cider in Planning
Out-of-the-box & Off the Wall Ciders
Recovery & Alcoholism
Regulations & Labeling
Resources for Cider Producers
Scaling Up Production
Selling in Japan
Small Scale Orcharding
Starting a Tasting room
Tasting Room Event Ideas - Getting Creative