Celebrating Franklin County’s CIDER SCENE

  • A scene from last year's Cider Days. Contributed photo/Eric Lewandowski

  • A scene from last year's Cider Days. Contributed photo/Eric Lewandowski

  • An attendee of a Cider 101 cider tasting event takes in the aroma of a sample at the Deerfield Community Center during a previous year’s CiderDays. Recorder File Photo

  • Submitted photoFranklin County CiderDaysThe festival runs for two days, Nov. 7 and 8 and includes sweet and hard cider making in Franklin County. Demonstrations, workshops, cooking, cider tastings, speakers, throughout Franklin County. For complete schedule go to www.ciderdays.org Above, an apple tasting at Clarkdale Fruit Farms.

  • At Clarkdale Fruit Farm during CiderDays in 2013 when this photoghraph was captured, hundreds of visitors enjoyed tasting over 35 varieties of apples, tours of the orchards and cider. In this image, Liam White, then 2, with his dad Ray White of Greenfield tries a local apple. The whole family was out for CiderDays. Recorder file photo

  • Cider Days volunteers fill the glasses of attendees of a Cider 101 cider tasting event at the Deerfield Community Center during a previous year’s CiderDays. Recorder File photo

Staff Writer
Published: 10/31/2019 11:03:01 AM

From the 17th century, when settlers began planting apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony — to the days of Johnny Appleseed — New England has had a rich tradition involving apples.

Today, that tradition continues with three days of hard cider-making and tasting events in Franklin County.

The 25th annual CiderDays returns this Friday, Nov. 1, with events across the county also scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3. Dozens of workshops and activities for cider makers — both pro and amateur — cider lovers and families will take place in Montague, Greenfield, Deerfield, Shelburne Falls, New Salem, Colrain, Ashfield, Northfield, Hawley and Hadley.

Some events are free, but others are ticketed.

According to organizer Lisa Davol, of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, CiderDays has several new features in celebration of its silver jubilee.

“CiderDays has grown in the past 25 years from humble roots into an internationally recognized event that draws visitors from the U.S., Canada and Europe,” Davol said. “It features apple tastings, orchard tours, workshops on making sweet cider, cooking demonstrations, fermenting hard cider and more.”

CiderDays was started in 1994. Paul Correnty had recently written a book, “The Art of Cidermaking,” with images from photographer Charlie Olchowski. Instead of a book signing, Correnty and Olchowski decided to hold a tour of local apple orchards featured in the book.

Teaming up with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Terry and Judith Maloney of West County Cider, the first Cider Day was thrown, with Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Greenwood Farm, Pine Hill Orchards and West County Cider as the first venues, and the event culminating with a bring-your-own cider tasting at the Maloney’s sampling room in Colrain.

Since then, the event has grown into a countywide celebration of a traditional drink that has been made for centuries in England, France, Spain and, of course, New England.

“Many commercial cidermakers got their start at CiderDays, which has been instrumental in the birth of the modern craft cider movement,” Davol said. “Attendees come to CiderDays to keep up with the trends and advancements in cider, and this year, the event will kick off with a Calvados (French apple brandy) tasting workshop.”

CiderDays will kick off Friday, with a “Crowning of the CiderDays Pomona” — Pomona is the Roman goddess of fruit trees — at a pop-up pub at Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St. in Greenfield.

CiderDays will include, as usual, free workshops at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, but has also expanded to include workshops at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, as well as at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Saturday and Sunday. The tradtional ticketed workshops will take place at the Deerfield Community Center, Hawks & Reed in Greenfield and other venues.

According to organizers, the “ultimate apple celebration” includes North America’s longest-running hard cider tasting, held at the United States Association of Cider Makers Cider Salon, a tent that will be set up Saturday afternoon at Unity Park in Turners Falls. More than 100 ciders will be present, from local cider makers, like West County Cider, Bear Swamp Orchard Cidery and Heawater Cider, as well as from cider makers across the U.S., Canada, Spain and the U.K.

Turners Falls will also host the official CiderDays bookstore for the weekend at Two Birds, 106 Avenue A. The bookstore will feature signings, books for sale and a lounge with books written by cider makers attending CiderDays.

Also in Turners Falls, a CiderDays 25th anniversary exhibit will be at the Great Falls Discovery Center and LOOT found + made will host a cider tasting, as well as showcase wild apples from across the U.S. According to Davol, many local restaurants and bars will also will offer hard cider for the occasion.

In Shelburne Falls, “Bringing Apples to New England: A look at the history and traditions of our apple-loving ancestors” will be an exhibit at the Shelburne Historical Society Museum at Arms Academy, 33 Severance St.

CiderDays is sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the United States Association of Cider Makers, OESCO Inc., Northeast Solar, Hampshire County (The Other Side of Massachusetts), LOOT found + made, Ryan & Casey Liquors, Cider Chat, Fedco Seeds, Provisions, Republic Services, Aladco Linen Services and Hawks & Reed.

For more information, including a downloadable schedule and tickets, visit www.ciderdays.org. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.

Ticketed eventsFriday, Nov. 1 

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Tasting of Cavaldos and apple brandy with Ambrosia Borowski and Ria Windcaller. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. $65/ticket 

Saturday, Nov. 2 

8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Beginner’s cider making workshop. Pine Hill Orchards, 248 Greenfield Road, Colrain. $85/ticket 

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: United States Association of Cider Makers Cider Salons. Unity Park, Turners Falls. $35/ticket 

Sunday, Nov. 3 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Rosé​​​ Cider Tasting. Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St., Deerfield. $30/ticket 

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Founders Picks: 25 Years of Cidermaking. Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St., Deerfield. $30/ticket 

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.:  Cider and cheese pairing. Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St., Deerfield. $30/ticket 

Free events

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Free press cider tasting, antique farm museum, grass-fed beef and an amazing view. Wheel-View Farm, 212 Reynolds Road, Shelburne.

 Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tasting of Hard Cider. Bear Meadow Farm, 926 Watson-Spruce Corner Road, Ashfield.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hard cider, apple brandy, Pommeau, tastings. Facility and orchard tours. Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery, 1209 Hawley Road, Ashfield.

Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.: Cider tasting and food. Cameron’s Winery, 105 Main St., Northfield.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tasting of Apples, Pears, Sweet Ciders. Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield.

Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Apples, food, maple fried dough, farm market. Hager’s Farm Market, 1232 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne.

 Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tours of the Orchard and Cider Mill​​​​​​. Headwater Cider, 112 Forget Road, Hawley.

Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Juice for home fermenting for sale, restaurant, market, orchard ride. Pine Hill Orchards, 248 Greenfield Road, Colrain.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tasting of Hard Cider Varietals. West County Cider Tasting Room, 208 Peckville Road, Shelburne.

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.: Cider tasting and tours. Carr’s Ciderhouse, 12 Mt. Warner Road, Hadley.

Friday, Nov. 1 

8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Cider Schmooze and Cider Tap Takeover. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Cider Pub Sing and Pop-up Pub (BYOC). Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield. Donations appreciated.

All day: Apple and Orchards art exhibit. Downtown Greenfield 

Saturday, Nov. 2 

All day: Apple Crisp, Cobbler, and Crumble Food Demo with Yankee Magazine’s Senior Food Editor Amy Traverso. Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Pruning Old Apple Trees: A Hands-on Demonstration, with David and William Shearer and the Pine Hill All Stars. Pine Hill Orchards, 248 Greenfield Road, Colrain.

All day: New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider Cider and Apple Festival. New Salem Preserves, 67 South Main St., New Salem.

9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Workshops. Shelburne Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St., Shelburne Falls. 9 a.m.: Cyser: Pro Tips on Making It with Dave Keramaty of Artisan Beverage Coop. 9:15 a.m.: Growing Your Own Cider Orchard with Alan Yelvington. 10:30 a.m.: Becoming Pomona: Women in Cider Panel.

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 11:30 a.m: Reconstructing the Apple Family Tree with Dr. Cameron Peace. 1 p.m.: Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider, Perry, Herefordshire, U.K. answers questions. 2:30 p.m.: 19th Century Pears, A Ruling Passion. 

Sunday, Nov. 3 

All day: New Salem Preserves & Heritage Cider Cider and Apple Festival. New Salem Preserves, 67 South Main St., New Salem.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Art + Apples. LOOT, 62 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Cooking Demo with Sandy D’Amato of Good Stock Farm, and apple-themed cooking demo with Erika Connell Cooper, Butter & Birch. Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield.

1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Workshops. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 11:30 a.m.: Traveling the Cider Road in a Group or Solo. 1 p.m.: The Road Ahead: The Future of U.S. Cider. 2:30 p.m.: Making Cider with Cannabis.


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