Last spring, Portland hosted the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & Brew Expo America. Next week, we play host to CiderCON '16, the annual meeting and conference for the cider industry. While not nearly as large as CBC, CiderCON will draw over 800 cider industry folks from across the country.
I was lucky enough to get media credentials to CiderCON. So I'll attend and write about the two-day event. They have an amazing lineup of seminars and events, so I expect to learn a lot! Maybe I'll get to sample a cider or two...
Cider Industry, welcome to Portland! Be sure to check out the beer while you're here.
Cider Experts Gather in Portland
Cider makers large and small meet to network and share information
Conference sessions will focus on production, distribution, marketing and research, apple growing and sensory analysis. Over 800 attendees will represent the most widely recognized cider brands, as well as smaller cider makers, enthusiasts and growers. The newly expanded Trade Show will feature exhibits from a wide variety of cider industry support companies.
Attendees will also have the option of signing up for one of three different bus tours on Tuesday, February 2nd . Locations include Hood River, Willamette Valley and Portland. A complete schedule of events may be found at www.ciderconference.com/schedule. Registration is open now.
New for 2016 is the Advanced Cider Orchard Production Workshop. This in-depth session is designed for commercial apple producers who are interested in growing cider apples for fermentation. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd and is open to the public, with advanced registration. Cost is $65 per person.
On Saturday, February 6th, the USACM presents The Cider Certification Program. This first ever cider accreditation program is designed for distributors, servers and others who are interested in becoming trained experts on all things cider. The Level One course will explore the history of cider, cider making, cider styles, pairings and how to serve cider. Other levels will look at sensory evaluation, keeping and serving cider, orchard basics, federal definitions of cider and more. Pre-registration is required. More information can be found at www.ciderassociation.org.
The USACM is an organization of cider and perry producers in the United States. It gathers and shares information about cider production, regulations and cider apple growing to help members improve their operations, raise awareness and advance cider in the market. The organization was founded in February, 2013 at "CiderCon," the third annual gathering of Cider Makers from across the US.