Where can you get delicious Vermont cider, local pork, tasty food pairings and live music all in one spot? The answer is Arts Riot, on Saturday, July 25th! Arts Riot will be hosting the first annual Vermont Cider Classic event that features nearly all hard cider makers in Vermont for your tasting pleasure as well as amazing local restaurants and food trucks on site offering local pork dishes to pair with your cider drinks. This night includes a local band playing tunes for your listening enjoyment, as well as a “Favorite Cider of the Classic” contest, where everyone in attendance can have the chance to vote on their favorite cider of the evening.

General admission tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Your general admission ticket includes drink tickets (as many tickets as cider makers in attendance). More cider drink tickets are available for purchase, for those of you who would like to taste more. There is also a $55 VIP ticket available for purchase. VIP guests can enjoy a private pre-festival session where you can taste super rare and not yet on the market ciders. Cider makers can have the chance to chat and mingle with the other VIP guests during the session, to talk about the cider making process, cier making experiments and more. After the session, VIP guests will be able to enter the festival before the general admission attendants and will be able to walk around and take advantage of the grounds for a bit. Click here to purchase your tickets through Localvore Today.

The Cider Makers in attendance will be:

  • Boyden Valley
  • Champlain Orchards
  • Citizen Cider
  • Cold Hollow
  • Eden Ice Cider
  • Fable Farm
  • Hall Home Place Ice Cider
  • Shacksbury Cider
  • Stowe Cider
  • Urban Farm Fermentory
  • Whetstone Cider
  • Windfall Cider
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider

The Food Partners in attendance will be:

  • Hen Of The Wood
  • Bluebird BBQ
  • Arts Riot
  • Southern Smoke
  • Taco Gordo

This is a rain or shine event. In the event that there is a rain storm, the event will move inside and will be split into two seperate sessions. You will be notified as to what session you are in. Session 1 will be admitted from 5:00-7:00pm and Session 2 will be admitted in from 7:30-9:30pm. Both sessions will participate in the same tasting and voting. Again, this is only in the event that a rain storm happens. You will be reminded in advance to the event which session you are in, and notified the day of, if rain occurs.

The Vermont Cider Classic is taking place Saturday, July 25th from 5-8pm. Arts Riot is located at 400 Pine Street in Burlington’s South End. For more information, please visit the VT Cider Classic website for more details. You can also RSVP to this event on Facebook. All purchases will be on the guest list, so be sure to bring your ID!

We hope you can make this special event. Which cider maker or food partner do you look most forward to sampling? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!