First Ever Connecticut Cider Fest and Cider Week Announced for November

First Ever Connecticut Cider Fest and Cider Week Announced for November

Something new has been sneaking into CT bars and package stores over the past year or two. Slowly but surely, hard cider has been cropping up like crazy. If you’ve tried this new craft stuff, you’ve probably quickly realized that it’s nothing like the cheap macro cider that you used to drink a decade ago! Now, if you haven’t boarded the craft cider train yet, you’ll have the perfect opportunity this November at Cider Conn and CT Cider Week 2019!

Cider Conn 2019, Coming Soon!

Sponsored by the Connecticut Cider Association, Cider Conn 2019 will be held at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford. Tickets for the event are $25 and designated driver tickets are $15 (VIP tickets were available, but have sold out). For the cost, you will receive unlimited cider samplings in a branded tasting glass from over a dozen different cideries, food trucks, fresh popped kettle corn, a cider doughnut eating contest, a henna artist, and live music from the Podunk Throwbacks. 

Ron Sansone of Spoke + Spy and the CT Cider Association. (Courtesy:

Ron Sansone is the co-founder of the CT Cider Association and the owner of Spoke + Spy Ciderworks. As he puts it, this event is a natural step forward for CT cider, “Cider is an all-American drink, and the apple in Connecticut has a storied past. We are lucky to have a great selection of unique regional cideries that we can invite to share in our celebration of cider, we are excited to share the world of cider with our home state!”

After Cider Conn, Cider Week!

If you can’t make it to Cider Conn, worry not! Besides an amazing day filled with great cider, the event will also serve to kick off CT Cider Week. As Miguel Galarraga, the owner and head cidermaker at New England Cider Company says, “The goal of Cider Week CT is really just to promote cider. We want people to know how many different options they have with this great beverage, not just from us here in CT but from all over the country and the world.”

Cider Week's Facebook Cover photo
(Courtesy: CT Cider Week)

As a drinker, you will have a ton of options for cider-related festivities as well. Cider Week starts 11/10 and features meet & greets, tap takeovers, special presentations, cider cocktails and food pairings, and much more. Some of the participation locations include Conspiracy and Celtic Cavern in Middletown; @ the Corner in Litchfield; Westbrook Lobster, Front Porch Brewing, and Yale Billiards in Wallingford; Labyrinth Brewing in Manchester, Little House Brewing in Chester, Black Pond Brews in Danielson; and BAR, Cask Republic, and Bear’s Smokehouse in New Haven. 

Final Thoughts on Cider (For Now)

I think there’s is a want and (frankly) a need for this historic beverage to shake up the status quo for craft drinkers. I may be (well, definitely am) biased as I’ve found myself drawn more and more into the cider world, but I feel like cider is a beverage that a lot of people haven’t had a truly good pint of. With events like these, and with four great cideries (and counting!) in Connecticut, don’t let yourself miss out on a truly great beverage made by truly great folks. 

New England Cider's Miguel Gallaraga
New England Cider’s Miguel Gallaraga pours one at his taproom! (Courtesy: Kat Manning)

For the full list of participating locations and activities for Cider Week, please visit or @CiderWeekCT on Facebook. For tickets and more info for Cider Conn, check out their event page on Facebook. Finally, to stay current with beverage news and views, bookmark me here and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Until next time, I’ll see you where the pints live! Also, if you see me at CiderConn, be sure to say hi!

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