HENDERSONVILLE — The best of North Carolina’s hard cider, coupled with award-winning bluegrass music, will be on tap Saturday, April 22 in downtown Hendersonville.
The inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam showcases eight hard cideries, two producers of non-alcoholic cider and two local wineries. The music lineup is headlined by noted bluegrass band Balsam Range, who will be joined by Underhill Rose and the Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project.
Henderson County is a befitting place to celebrate NC’s burgeoning cider industry. The county produces 85 percent of the state’s apples and leads the way in hard cider production as well.
“We have world-class cider produced right here, and it all starts with our great apples,” said Mark Williams, executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and event organizer. “The Cider Jamkicks off the whole season of apple production. It coincides with the apples in full bloom and promotes a product that can be enjoyed year-round.”
Festival cideries must be based in North Carolina and use apples sourced within the state. The eight hard cideries are: Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River; Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington and Durham; Crimson Ridge in Mills River; Flat Rock Ciderworks in Hendersonville; GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte; Noble Cider in Asheville; The 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville; and Wallace Ciders from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville.
Local producers Apple Wedge Packers & Cider and McConnell Farms will provide fresh, non-alcoholic cider varieties, while Burntshirt Vineyards of Hendersonville, will serve apple wine.
The Apple Country Cider Jam runs from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include tastings, souvenir cup and live music. Non-alcohol tickets are $10. A limited number of tasting tickets will be sold at the gate if space is available. Food will be available from local food trucks and downtown restaurants, while full pints of cider will be sold for $5.
For info or to purchase tickets, visit www.CiderJamNC.com. For lodging and details about Hendersonville, go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.com or call (800) 828-4244.