California Cider Association


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What is the California Cider Competition?

05 Jun 2017 11:55 AM | Deleted user

The California Cider Competition was instituted in 2014 as a way to help consumers find ciders they love and get to know the California cidermakers who craft them. This annual event, now in its 4th year and the state’s only cider competition, is hosted by California’s one and only Apple Show at the Mendocino County Fair. It’s the only fair anywhere with Apple Jack as a mascot!

We wanted recognize the craft and dedication of California cidermakers who are bottling excellence, while at the same shining a spotlight on ciders made from California-grown apples. Much like premium wine grapes, apples develop different flavor profiles depending on the climate and other conditions in which they are grown. Apples grown in California are packed with flavor and are perfect for fermenting the very best fruit-forward ciders.

In colonial times, cider was America’s drink of choice for everyone from the Founding Fathers to pioneer families. Hard cider was commonly enjoyed with meals and also used as currency for trading. Now there is a cider renaissance spreading across the country, reaching the hearts of craft beverage enthusiasts as well as people who don’t have a lot of experience with cider yet. At the Grand Tasting of the award-winning ciders at the Mendocino County Fair, cider drinkers of all experience levels can taste and learn about the varietals, terroir, qualities, flavors, and techniques behind the finish product in their glass.

Entries will open soon at, so stay tuned!

Address:California Cider Association c/o Augment Media:

134 Lystra Court Ste.A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: +1 (707) 234-3446
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