A host of Irish cider makers were featured at the tenth annual CiderCon, which took place in Oakland, California, from 28th – 31st January.
This year’s trade show, open only to American Cider Association members, was the largest to date and over 1,000 people attended.
CiderCon 2020 took place during the first annual Bay Area Cider Week, a series of cider-based entertainment and education events throughout the greater Bay Area. More than 50 events were coordinated by California’s cider community.
35 American states were represented at the event, including California, New York, and washington. There was a strong international component with 11 different countries represented including Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Russia.
The featured international cider makers this year were from Ireland. Tempted, Cider Mill, Legacy and Stonewell shared their ciders with attendees during the grand toast, including a keeved cider and a dessert cider made in the style of a digestif.
Nearly 200 people participated in CiderCon’s tours this year. Buses took attendees to explore the terroir of Sonoma County & Pajaro Valley cideries and orchards. Additionally, a tour of East Bay’s Filoli Gardens explored the history of Californian orchardist Albert Etter, including tasting ciders made from apples he cultivated in the early 1900s. A fourth bus met with individual cideries and cider bars to dive deep into cider and food pairing techniques.
Other events that took place this year included a certified pommmelier exam. In total there were 14 tastings during the show.
CiderCon moves to a different location every year and CiderCon 2021 will be in Chicago from 2nd – 5th February 2021.