Cider Summit SF is just around the corner, coming to the Presidio’s Civil War Parade Ground on April 23 for the Bay Area’s third annual event. It’s this region’s largest hard cider tasting festival taking place from 1pm to 5pm, with a new VIP tasting available from noon to 1pm. The festival features over 150 different ciders from around the world, including local and regional favorites, innovative cider cocktails and bites from various local vendors. Below are details from a recent email on final programming and the final lineup of cider producers.
Participating cideries include:
Featured local California cideries: Ace Cider, Bite Hard Cider, Brooks Dry Cider, Cider Brothers, Crooked City Cider, Crispin Cider Co., Common Cider, Golden State Cider, Gowan Orchards, Hemly Cider, Horse & Plow, Humboldt Cider, Indigeny Reserve, Mission Trail Cider Co., 101 Cider House, Troy Cider, Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Pitsnogled Cider, Red Branch Cider, Redwood Coast Cider, Reef Points, San Francisco Mead, See Canyon Hard Cider, South City Ciderworks, Specific Gravity Cider, Surf City Cider, Tag + Jug Cider, Tin City Cider Co., Sonoma Cider, Two Rivers Cider Company, WildCide Hard Cider, Wrangletown Cider Co.
Featured Northwest cideries: Apple Outlaw, E.Z. Orchards, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Atlas Cider Co., Dragon’s Head Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Seattle Cider Co., Schilling Hard Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus/Anthem.
Featured Midwest & East Coast cideries: B. Nektar, Eden Specialty Ciders, Embark Craft Ciderworks, Millstone Cellars, Redstone Meadery.
Featured International cideries: Aspall Cyder House, Cidres de France/Winesellers, Ltd., Ciders of Spain, Maeloc Cider, Sea Cider Farm & Cider House, Worley’s Cider, Williams Orchards.
Final Programming and Event Highlights:
- Choose from over 150 ciders from around the world to sip on and meet and mingle with the cidermakers.
- Enjoy specially paired food selections from the Whole Foods Market Truck, Slow Hand BBQ and others.
- Taste a variety of cider cocktails from J. Seeds Cider Whiskey.
- Sip on specially produced batches of cider as part of the first-annual Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products. Guests will vote for their favorite and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
- Hang out in the “Dog Lounge” hosted by Berkeley Humane & Wag Hotels.
- Shop in the event store featuring Cider Summit SF t-shirts and other merchandise.
Tickets are $40 in advance (also available at SF area Whole Foods Markets) and $45 at the door, cash only. New this year, VIP tickets are available for $50. VIP ticketholders will have exclusive early access to the event from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and two additional tasting tickets. Designated driver tickets will be available for $5, and include Boxed Water. Accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge. Purchase tickets here.
For those seeking to utilize public transportation, the complimentary PresidiGo shuttle runs throughout the day from several locations in San Francisco, including the Embarcadero BART stop. SF MUNI also operates multiple bus routes to The Presidio. There is also ample onsite parking.
Cider Summit is committed to working with the community and various non-profit organizations. A percentage of tickets sales from the event will support the following charities: The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane, and the California Cider & Perry Association. Cider Summit SF is presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors including Upcider Gastropub, KRAVE Jerky, Oregon Fruit Products Co., Hood River Juice Co., J. Seeds Cider Whiskey, Wag Hotels, BART, and Morris Distributing.