Join us for the fifth annual CiderFest NC fundraiser, featuring ample tastings of hard cider, mead and apple wine, along with artisanal food, live music, workshops, a kids zone, and more along the scenic French Broad River.
As the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council, the al-fresco event will be held during the peak of fall colors and the height of this area’s busiest tourism season from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Salvage Station, at 468 Riverside Drive, just outside of downtown Asheville, NC.
The fourth annual CiderFest in 2016 connected a record-setting 1,200 people with 15 national and local cider, mead and apple wine makers, and the 2017 event is expected to draw another sell-out crowd to sample sips from an even larger mix of local and national, small and large pourers. In addition to tasting cider and mead, guests can enjoy bites of artisanal food including local cheeses, baked goods, caramels, ice cream, and more.
This quintessential family-friendly fall fest also offers arts and crafts from local vendors, live music, a kids zone, and community demos and workshops.
A new addition this year, a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets offer advance entry to the event a full hour early beginning at noon to enjoy exclusive access to tastings from our cider and mead makers and artisanal food vendors before the crowds arrive. You may even have the opportunity to sample some ciders and meads that won’t be available during the regular event. In addition to early access, VITs will also receive free parking on-site at the Salvage Station for convenient access to make the most of your time at the event, as well as a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.
CiderFest NC is a carbon-neutral event and will be offsetting the event’s footprint for each ticketholder through contributions to the Appalachian Offsets program, which is currently fundraising to install a solar system on the roof of Isaac Dickson Elementary School.
Since the event has sold out in recent years, people are encouraged to buy tickets early.
ALSO NEW THIS YEAR, extend the celebration all weekend by joining us for a special Pre-CiderFest Tasting & Meet and Greet at Appalachian Vintner on Friday night, as well as two post-event brunches Sunday morning: Cider Brunch at Ambrozia and Sovereign Remedies’ Cider Brunch! A portion of proceeds for these partner events also benefits the nonprofit Green Built Alliance.
Want to get involved? Email Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas at email@example.com for opportunities to become an event vendor, sponsor or volunteer, each of which offer free admission and great opportunities to connect with the community.