Cider day in the sun celebrates the fermented apple juice of the Northwest

Freshly-picked, crisp and delicious—how about a refreshing cider to go with your sun-soaked summer day? For the cider enthusiasts and those curious about this fruitful beverage comes a Northwest festival, ripe and ready to sip.

The Northwest Cider Association’s biggest event of the year, the 3rd Annual Summer Cider Day arrives July 6, to the Pacific Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Wash. Head to this town by the water for a cool day of cider tasting while you wade your way through an orchard of 50 different flavors and varieties.

This year’s celebration of cider will feature 16 craft cidermakers from Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. Each bringing their own variety, be it tart, fruity or bubbly.

The day kicks off at noon. Upon entering, you will receive a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tokens you can use to fill said glass. Participating cideries in this year’s celebration will be 2 Towns, Tieton Cider Works, Snowdrift and Sea Cider. New up-and-coming cidermakers who’ve opened up in the last year or so such as Schilling, Whitewood and Reverend Nat’s also will be in attendance.

An on-site cider store will be available at the event to sell bottles, or cases, of your day’s favorite tastes. Here, you can also replenish your token supply if 10 tastes just wasn’t enough.

The Northwest Cider Association is an organization whose mission has been to spread the awareness of their region’s artisanal cider industry since 2010. Made up of cider enthusiasts, industry folk, restaurants and retailers, their work has put the Pacific Northwest on the map for exceptional ciders.

To discover the Northwest’s cider industry, this is going to be the place to be.

Saturday, July 6 || 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. || Pacific Maritime Center || 431 Water St. Port Townsend, WA || Tickets: $25