Seattle’s Largest Cider Tasting Festival Returns to South Lake Union for 7th Annual Event on September 9 & 10

August 1st, 2016 · No Comments · Cider

CSS_300x250-2I really enjoy cider. The only problem is that I really, really enjoy beer. And wine. There is only so much room for imbibing in a given week, and I rarely find myself drinking cider. That’s why I love Cider Summit. This annual festival features 150+ ciders from some of the best producers in the country and gives me a chance to narrow my focus. There is no beer or wine around at this fest to get in my way, and I love being able to sample different varieties and offerings from the various producers. The venue outside at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn is a perfect location that is easy to get to, and the early September timing is almost guaranteed to be a beautiful weekend in the NW (apologies if I jinx it).

Tickets are on sale now.

If you are interested, you can also volunteer to work the festival (in return for free admission to a session, I believe).

Press Release:

Seattle, WA (July 5, 2016) – Cider Summit is pleased to announce that advance purchase tickets to attend Cider Summit Seattle are now on sale.  The seventh annual event will be held Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn at 101 Westlake Avenue N.  Cider Summit Seattle celebrates local, regional and international artisanal ciders and cidermakers.  Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market.

As in years past, Cider Summit will feature leading cidermakers, including dozens from the Pacific Northwest and ciders from at least five states and five countries.  Cidermakers and importers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings poured into the commemorative festival glassware.  Several of the cidermakers will be participating in the second annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit CiderChallenge.  These cidermakers will create pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Product’s puree and the attendees will vote on their favorites.  Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday.

The event will also feature specially paired food selections that will be available for purchase from vendors including Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and other small bites.  There will be a “Dog Lounge” hosted by Seattle Humane which will provide dogs and owners an opportunity to refresh and socialize.  This year’s event will also feature a range of cider cocktails and special appearances and music programming from KEXP.

“This is a milestone event for us,” noted event co-founder, Alan Shapiro.  “This will be the 20th festival we’ve produced in our series across four cities.  It all started in Seattle in 2010 with a small gathering of cider lovers.  We look forward to welcoming both the area’s cider lovers and cider curious to our most diverse selection of ciders ever for our 7th annual in our hometown.”

General admission advance purchase tickets are now on sale for $30 exclusively online at  Beginning August 1, general admission tickets will be $35 in advance online or at selected event sponsor locations and $40 at the door.  VIP tickets are available for $45, exclusively online, and include four extra tasting tickets and exclusive early access to the event between 2pm-3pm on Friday.  Designated driver tickets will be available for $5 at the door only and include a bottle of water.  This event is strictly 21 & over – no exceptions.

Cider Summit is committed to working with several community and non-profit organizations.  This year’s event beneficiaries include The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Northwest Cider Association, and Seattle Humane.

For more information please visit, or follow us on Twitter @CiderSummit.


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