CiderDays celebreates 27 years

  • The view at a ciderhouse at New Salem Preserves & New Salem Cider at 67 South Main St. in New Salem. CONTRIBUTED

  • CiderDays celebrates it’s 27th year with over 23 stops on this year’s Cider Trail, with orchards and cider makers from across Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties inviting you to explore the world of sweet cider, hard cider and apples on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • A sample of cider is poured during the 2020 CiderDays Trail celebration. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • West County Cider in Shelburne Falls, famously the oldest running cider house in the country, will offer their legendary ciders, and access to their property’s hiking trails and picnic grounds with a glorious three state view Nov. 6 and 7 during this year’s CiderDays Trail. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/4/2021 3:46:49 PM

CiderDays celebrates its 27th year this weekend with more than 20 stops on this year’s Cider Trail, with area orchards and cider makers inviting you to explore the world of sweet cider, hard cider and apples on Saturday and Sunday.

The colorful hills of western Massachusetts and beyond offer 23 stops on this year’s Cider Trail with fresh-picked apples, sweet cider, hard cider, cider doughnuts, apple brandy and spirits. The Cider Trail has stops largely in Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties, two stops in Worcester County and one over the border in Dummerston, Vermont.

A full list of stops, descriptions of each location and information about special events can be found at

“Many commercial makers got their start at CiderDays,” said Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Events Manager Lisa Davol. “The American Cider Association grew out of CiderDays and they normally have their annual meeting at the event each year, since their board of directors are makers from all over the country. It is great to see the impact this event has had on the craft beverage economy nationwide.”

Historically held the first weekend in November, CiderDays has grown from humble roots into an international event that draws visitors from the U.S., Canada and Europe. It features apple tastings, orchard tours, workshops on making sweet cider or fermenting hard cider, cooking demonstrations and more. This is the second year, because of COVID-19, that the event has taken the form of a Cider Trail, a safer alternative to crowded indoor tastings and workshops.

Pine Hill Orchards in Colrain will offer 4,000-plus gallons of cider for cidermakers to pick up during CiderDays weekend. Many amateur and commercial cider makers get their cider at Pine Hill each year. Pine Hill Orchard Manager Brady Shearer said they have been participating in CiderDays since its beginning, and cider makers will be on hand to answer questions and give out samples on Saturday.

Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield will have a cider pressing demonstration at 10 a.m. and an orchard tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday and on Sunday, as well as cooking with apples demos with Erika Cooper, of Butter & Birch, at 11 a.m. and Sandy D’Amato, of Goodstock Farm, at noon.

Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield will have a history workshop with an opportunity to sample some unique apple varieties (including Westfield’s Seek No Further from their own rare tree), see their historic cider press, and make an apple pomander to take home. Apple-themed books for reading and a collection of historic apple recipes will also be available.

West County Cider in Shelburne, famously the oldest running ciderhouse in the country, will offer its legendary ciders, along with access to the property’s hiking trails and picnic grounds with a three-state view, throughout the weekend. There will also be discussions with apple experts over both days.

Here is a list of participating locations this year:

■Ashfield Town Hall and Community Hall, Ashfield.

■Apex Orchards, Colrain.

■Artifact Cider Project, Florence.

■Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Greenfield.

■Bear Swamp Orchard, Ashfield.

■Beaver Pond Distillery, Petersham.

■Berkshire Cider Project, North Adams.

■The Brewery at Four Star Farms and Cameron’s Winery, Northfield.

■Carr’s Ciderhouse, Hadley.

■Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield.

■Cold River Package and Market, Charlemont.

■Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls.

■Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield.

■Headwater Cider, Hawley.

■New Salem Preserves & New Salem Cider, New Salem.

■Pine Hill Orchards, Colrain.

■Ragged Hill Cider Co., West Brookfield.

■Scott Farm, Dummerston, Vt.

■Shelburne Falls Cork, Shelburne Falls.

■Valley View Farm/Muse Cider Bar, Haydenville.

■Wells Provisions, Charlemont.

■West County Cider, Shelburne.


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