We can’t believe the San Francisco Cider Summit has already come and gone! We had an absolute blast hanging out with our fellow cider folk. As the cider industry grows, more and more fantastic cider events are popping up all around the country. Some of the most renowned national cider events has become the Cider Summit Festivals. This year, Alan Shapiro, the brainchild behind Cider Summit, is coordinating four different cider events in four large, metropolitan cities across America: Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. If only we could attend every single one! With the Portland and Seattle Summits still in the works for 2017, we were thrilled to receive an invitation to the San Francisco Summit. This has become the pinnacle event of our journey in cider thus far!
As our excitement mounted leading up to the event, we packed our bags for a relatively short plane right up to San Francisco on Friday. After a quick Uber ride from the airport to downtown SF, we checked into our hotel and got settled in. However, the event wasn’t until Saturday evening, so we of course HAD to go visit our friends at the first ever cider-only tap room in all of California: Upcider. We had an excellent conversation with Ozzie Gundogdu, one of the owners of Upcider. The Summit brought cider makers and enthusiasts from all over the country, so Upcider was definitely the impromptu meeting place that Friday night before the event. We were excited to meet up with Monty and Vic from Mission Trail Cider. They were hosting a tap takeover event at Upcider that night, and brought their best ciders. After a long day of travel, we made a short night of it, and got to bed early to be fully rested for the next day’s festivities.
On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, coffee in hand, and headed down to the beautiful and renowned Presidio park where the event was held. We found our assigned table and set up our banner and displays. Already, a line of eager ticket-holders were waiting to enter. Right at 1:00pm, the floodgates opened, and the park was quickly filled with hundreds of excited cider lovers.
In the end, the 5 hour event flew by and was so much fun! Some highlights included Ellen Cavalli from Tilted Shed performing her iconic Txotx (pronounced CHO-ch) line in front of their booth. We also had great conversations and received fantastic feedback from lots of cider folk. Some lucky people even signed up for a DoubleCider box right at our booth with a one-time-only 20% off code!
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Cider Summit SF, and will most definitely be attending next year as well. For more information, you can also check out the Ciderpress Q&A with Alan Shapiro, the founder of the Cider Summit festivals. We can’t wait for the next one! Our absolute favorite part of attending these festivals is meeting incredible people and connecting face-to-face with cider lovers like ourselves. Keep a lookout for our booth at future festivals!
Joey Kirby and Taylor Kirby