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where it all began.
where we’re going.

In 2017, we put together a large event centered around farm-driven cider to be held on Halloween night. Given that a cider event of this scale had yet to be held in Philly, there was no knowing what the response would be, especially on a holiday night. With the help of a collective of awesome Philly chefs serving small plates, we were able to pull off a wildly successful event that proved to be just the motivation we needed to embark on a bigger project. In 2018, we felt inspired to call on our peers from other bars and restaurants in the city, who have long exhibited their shared love for this historic fermentation, to help us launch Philly's first week dedicated solely to cider. 

The intent for that first week was to honor specifically historically-inspired cider crafted primarily from heritage, wild, and local apples, pressed on site, and made without the use of adjuncts. For 2019, we are excited to include Perry (pear cider) as well as modern styles of cider, including rosé and those made with hops and other fruits.

Our goals are to continue to expose the Philadelphia region to the ever-growing world of cider and raise awareness of the diversity of this historical beverage. We strive to help cultivate an appreciation of the sense of place tied to agriculturally-driven beverages, specifically ciders, that share an honest connection to the land on which the fruit is grown, and the importance that such products hold for the future of our planet. We hope to showcase the history of various styles (heritage and modern alike), and to promote the longevity of the apple-growing/cider-making community, both locally and worldwide. Finally, we’d like to convince the bar/restaurant community that cider is ready for its own place on our shelves and our menus, not categorized with wine or beer.

We can't wait to raise a glass with you soon!

With love,

Philly Cider Week