21st Annual Franklin County Cider Days!

Apple season is upon us, and this is one of those events that cider people everywhere look forward to. Franklin County Ciders is one of the oldest and largest cider events in the country and people travel from around the world to come experience the best in cider. The trip on November 7th-8th to Franklin County, Massachusetts is definitely worthwhile if you like cider, apples, and meeting and talking to others who are passionate about cider! Hope to see you there!



What is CiderDays?

CiderDays is a annual community celebration of all things apple in beautiful Franklin County, Massachusetts. 2015 marks our 21st year with tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more in orchards and venues county-wide from Ashfield, Deerfield, Charlemont and Colrain to New Salem and the towns in between. For all who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall, CiderDays is not to be missed!

There is a charge for some of the events but many of the workshops and activities at local orchards are completely FREE.

Some highlights of this year that we will be attending:

The Cider Salon — the world’s longest-running hard cider tasting with more than 65 individual cider brands from across North America and Europe. This year’s expanded salons will be held on two floors of the new lodge at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, featuring easy access from Route 2 and I-91 and convenient parking.

Cider Appreciation 101 Guided Tasting with cider educator Eric West (of ciderguide.com) on Sunday at the Deerfield Community Center in Historic Deerfield. Eric will lead a guided tour of cider styles from around the world. Participants will learn about the history, culture, production methods, and food pairings while sampling ciders from the world’s major cidermaking regions.

CiderDays Locavore Harvest Supper — Held at the new lodge at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, this locally-sourced savory fall feast catered by Wheelhouse features cider and apple varieties prominently.

Yeasts for Cider with Soham Bhatt of Artifact Cider Project, on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center, and Wild Yeast Fermentation with Steve Gougeon and Andy Brennan on Sunday at Bear Swamp Orchards.

Quality Factors in Cider Making with Claude Jolicoeur, author of The New Cider Maker’s Handbookon Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center.

Apple Exploring for Cider Makers with John Bunker, Steve Gougeon and Andy Brennan on Saturday at Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield.

Download the CiderDays schedule!

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