Who cares about craft beer when there is delicious hard cider to be had?
The 2nd Annual Cider Summit Chicago is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, February 8th at Navy Pier's Lakeview Terrace Room.
I went last year (and failed to blog about it!) and it was fantastic. A bit crowded, but this year they decided to split the event into two sessions: 11am - 3pm and 4pm - 8pm. This should break down the massive amount of people and hopefully lead to shorter lines and more space to move around.
How does it work?When you turn in your ticket, you will get a tiny tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets (don't worry, you can always buy more tickets, which are $2 each). When you visit a cider booth, you redeem your ticket(s) for a pour in your tasting glass.
|Last year's cup. It's plastic, and not really souvenir-y|
This year there are over 90 cidermakers, with your more common ciders like Woodchuck and Angry Orchard to vendors from England, Scotland, France, Spain, and even New Zealand!
The event will also feature specially selected food pairings (last year they had squares of chocolate and a little meat plate of salami and cheese), an author’s corner, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.
Interested?Get tickets online as they might be sold out by the time you get to the door. New this year is the option for a designated driver to get a ticket for $5. They get a bottle of water. (and should get a special sash to proudly wear around to show how awesome they are for driving their soon-to-be tipsy friends.)
It's a great event and hopefully you will discover a new favorite cider! My favorite discovery at the past event was Julian's Cherry Bomb cider...so good!
See you there!