The seventh annual CiderFest NC fundraiser will welcome a larger lineup of pourers and food trucks for its celebration of hard cider, mead and apple wine as well as local food, live music, arts and crafts, a kids zone, and more at an improved and expanded venue of Carrier Park.

As the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Green Built Alliance, the al-fresco event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, in Asheville.

For cider lovers sampling sips from some of the nation’s best craft cider and mead makers, or foodies tasting small bites from some of Western North Carolina’s best local food producers; from families seeking a destination for kid-friendly fall activities, to area residents wanting to support and learn more about sustainability; CiderFest has something for everyone.

The sixth annual CiderFest in 2018 connected a record-setting 2,000 people with 24 cider, mead and apple wine makers offering close to 90 different varieties of cider and mead. The 2019 event is expected to draw another sell-out crowd to sample sips from an even larger mix of local and national, small and large pourers. In addition tasting cider and mead, guests can enjoy bites of artisanal food including local cheeses, baked goods, caramels and ice cream.

Beyond food and drink, CiderFest has an abundance of fall fun to soak in amid the changing autumn colors with live music as well as a bevy of beautiful products to peruse from local arts-and-crafts vendors throughout the park venue. On the entertainment front, CiderFest will welcome two local bands, Pretty Little Goat and Lazybirds, to the music stage.

This quintessential family-friendly fall fest also offers an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational green-living activities and eco-friendly crafts. Providing more opportunities to learn about hard cider, all attendees will receive a take-home Tasting and Festival Guide to highlight differences in cider, ingredients, and origins and take notes about ciders sampled.

Back for the third year, a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets offer guests advance entry to the event a full hour early, beginning at noon, to enjoy exclusive access to tastings from our cider and mead makers and artisanal food vendors before the crowds arrive.

VITs may even have the opportunity to sample specialty, small-batch or limited-release ciders and meads that won’t be available during the regular event. In addition to early access, VITs also receive a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.

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