July 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM
By Rhona Baron, Cascade Farmlands
The majority of the Wenatchee Valley’s hard cider makers will be in Cashmere this weekend, pouring their samples at The Big Chill Ciderfest. Eleven cideries will participate in the first time event, slated for July 28th from 4-10pm. The Big Chill is being erected in the parking lot of Liberty Orchards on Mission Avenue.
Visitors will enjoy cider tasting, a lounge area in the mister cooled “chill pavilion,” free games like the bean bag toss and an exhibit on cider making from the Cashmere Museum. Food concessions featuring The Wild Boar serving brats, potato salad and beverages, Kanoa Shave Ice, and Chris & Becks Pitas serving a variety of sandwiches and sides will be on site. Live music by a trio led by Sergio Cuevas and Markus Hoyer will run from 7:30 to 9:30. A comprehensive selection of bottled local ciders will be available for sale.
Beverages at the Big Chill will include apple ciders, pearies and cherry ciders. Participating cider makers are Centre Ring, Longdrop Cider Co., Phillippi Fruit Company, Rootwood Cider, Snowdrift Cider, Steelhead Cider, Bad Granny Hard Cider, PearUp, Manchester Road, Archibald James Cider Works, and Barnes Etc. Hard Cider Shed.
Barns Etc Hard Cider Shed and Archibald James Cider Works are based in Cashmere.
Paula Fredricks, owner of Barns Etc, is a Cashmere artist who turned her gallery into a tasting site. She and her husband have been serving their Country Elegance Heirloom Blend hard ciders for six years. They use rare heirloom apples and fruit to develop a complex taste profile with English dry cider making technique.
Hand crafted artisan hard ciders, Country Elegance is located next to Mission Creek in a quaint rustic shed right across from the Cashmere Cider Mill. A refined and crisp Heirloom Cider sure to delight your taste buds. Cashmere Washington local artist has turned talents toward the cider venue offering a collection of Dry, Medium & Sweet apple cider along with Cherry & Perry blends.
Archibald James Cider Works, new to the cider industry, will debut three ciders at the Big Chill: Smashapple, Dry Sider and Cerise Sèche. They have been developing a series of small-batch ciders over the past 6 months in their facility in Yaksum Canyon. Using organic apples, the fermentation process occurs in stainless tanks and oak barrels. Archibald James ciders range from traditional styles to seasonal fruit co-fermentations with a focus on the dry side of the flavor profile.
Archibald James Ciderworks partners Seth Cohen, Jason Schilling, and Bryan Noyd are preparing to crush their first batch of apples earlier this spring.
Tickets to the Big Chill Ciderfest are $30 per single and $55 per couple and can be purchased at the event or online now at cascadefarmlands.com. Entry to the Big Chill includes a commemorative tasting glass and totebag, twelve taste tickets and a thirteenth taste token to vote for your favorite. Must be 21.