Saturday, July 25, 2015. 6 to 9 p.m, Cider Die! Party at Bay Grape. Bay Grape, 376 Grand Ave., Oakland. Throwdown of 6 California ciders at the Bay Grape wine shop (aka Bay Apple, at least for the night, until I complete my mission to make them all cider, all the time!). Love this place. Convivial, low-key, fabulously curated, and owners Josiah and Stevie are some of the loveliest, coolest people around. I’ll be there. There will be no survivors (of cider indifference, that is—you will be converted)!
Saturday, July 25, 2015. Fort Ross Festival, Fort Ross State Historical Park, CA. A celebration the wonderful diverse international flavors and cultures of Fort Ross, including historical vignettes, crafts, militia cannon firings, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar, and beer & cider garden.
Friday, July 31, 2015. Art Opening Reception for Brian Howlett, Santa Rosa City Hall. Besides being an staunch advocate and champion of Sonoma County farmers and producers, Brian Howlett is a masterful artist, painter, and photographer. Ellen will be pouring our ciders at the opening reception of his works at Santa Rosa City Hall.
Saturday-Sunday, August 8-9, 2015. Gravenstein Apple Fair, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol, CA. We'll be pouring our ciders for the fourth year at this local treasure of a festival, celebrating Sonoma County rich apple heritage. For the second year there will be a bona fide cider tent, with several other local producers pouring. Explore and enjoy what our local apples can do, how cider has a definite sense of place and reflects the philosophies and personalities of their maker. Fun for all ages, with great food, live music, games, rides, vendors, workshops, and of course, everything Gravenstein!
Saturday, August 22, 2015. Farm to Fermentation Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA. We love this festival organized by fermentation rock star Jennifer Harris and can't wait to participate for our third year! We'll be pouring our ciders at the VIP Libation Lounge. If it can be fermented, it will be showcased at this festival, with tastings, workshops, and meet-the-maker interactions. Jen has more cideries lined up this year to pour (including us, of course), and Ellen is going to presenting a cider appreciation workshop with some stuff that I think you’ll find interesting, especially if you’re a home cidermaker.
August 1 to October 31, 2015. Sebastopol Free Community Apple Press. Full disclosure, I’m a member of the Slow Food Russian River apple core group and we donated our old barrel press to this project. Fuller disclosure: it’s awesome. There wouldn’t be as many orchards left here as there are in Sonoma County if it weren’t for this group, and they deserve a lot of credit and appreciation. Slow Food is 100% behind cider as a way to preserve and sustain our local apple economy, and the free apple press is tremendous service to the community. Bring 100 pounds of apples max (from local growers or your backyard) to their site at the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm in Sebastopol, and you have full use of their presses to make your own juice. It’s that’s simple! It’s a fantastic family activity, and you can give the kids some juice and save the rest for your own cidermaking. Check their website for details, location, and schedule and to sign up for a time slot.