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Cider Week Virginia

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Besides pumpkin spice, apple is the most popular seasonal fruit of autumn. From pick-your-own apple orchards to hot, sweet apple pie, this fruit dominates much of our culinary endeavors, including our beverages.

Cider Week Virginia will be taking place on November 13-22 in a statewide celebration of everyone’s favorite fall apple drink. We’re not talking about your typical cider though; Virginia is known for its delicious hard cider and even became the first state with an official Cider Week declared by its governor. So during this upcoming week of tastings, pairings, dinners, workshops, and more, visit Virginia and join in the celebratory events:

Old Hill Cider and food pairings all week long at Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza, November 13-22, Harrisonburg, VA: If you’ve never tried homemade, wood-fired pizza paired with locally crafted hard cider, then you’re in for a Cider Week treat at Bella Luna!
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Richmond Cider Celebration, November 14, Richmond, VA: Your $20 ticket will offer you tastings from 12 participating cideries, live musical performances, educational workshops, and more.
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Blue Bee Tap Cider Takeover at Birch, November 18, Norfolk, VA: Birch Bar, which holds the reputation of “Norfolk’s finest craft beverage bar,” will be providing entire flights of Blue Bee Cider from both the keg and the bottle.
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Castle Hill Cider Open House, November 21, Keswick, VA: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., taste your way through Castle Hill Cidery. You’ll explore the grounds and orchards, the qvevri (“buried terra cotta fermenters”), and end at the outdoor tasting bar.
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We look forward to seeing you at an InnVirginia B&B during your Cider Week getaway!


Virginia Harvest Celebrations, 2011

Saturday, September 24th, 2011


Along with the ever-growing crispness of the weather and the emerging tones of red, brown and gold, autumn also brings forth a myriad of harvest festivals. Each festival retains a common theme while managing to be entirely unlike all of the others, so if you enjoy the spicy scent of apple cider, the rustic charm of hayrides and corn mazes, and the jaunty tunes of bluegrass bands, then proceed to the lovely little list below:


Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon– This is a wonderful family event with horse-drawn wagon rides, a straw maze, colonial games, and demonstrations of candle making.


Carter Mountain Orchard Apple Harvest Festival, Charlottesville, Va- This festival features apples, cider, homemade donuts, pumpkins, apple butter and bluegrass and is located near Monticello.


Fall Farm Festivals at Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, Va- Celebrate the harvest with living history demonstrations, corn mazes, and a pumping patch!


Fall Festival at Massanutten, McGaheysville, Va- Reach your party destination with free chairlift rides, and then enjoy crafts, wine tasting, a beer garden, and plenty of children’s activities!


Fall for Fairfax KidsFest, Fairfax, Va- Enjoy juried crafters, ethnic foods, music and kids’ crafts!


These are only a few of the long list of harvest festivals and celebrations coming up in Virginia. For a more complete list, click here!

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By Tara Stoll