Gettysburg, Pa. - Ten minutes outside of Gettysburg, where one of America’s most important and tragic battles took place, is the home of Jack’s Hard Cider (formerly The Hauser Estate) which hosted this year’s Pennsylvania Cider Fest. The Festival, held in the Gettysburg area, included 30 different cideries from all around the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as members from the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild who showcased their unique cheese blends.
#PACiderFest was rounded out with numerous food trucks ranging from doughnuts to smoked BBQ, and everything in between. An added bonus was the presence of specialty artisans showcasing their pottery, jams and other niche offerings.
The cherry on top of this beautiful event was supplied by live music, provided by Schizophonic, who played a wide range of classic and modern rock. These timeless tunes reverberated thru the valley all day, making waiting in line to sample new cider blends enjoyable, and often leading to outbreaks of dance! If you go, be sure to bring chairs or a blanket for the lawn, so that you can relax and listen while you enjoy the food and drink.
Your ticket provided you with a 1 oz sampling glass that “bought” you a taste from whichever cidery you wanted to wait in line to try. Lines moved quickly, but you definitely had a few minutes between samples. A nice touch was the ability to purchase ciders and have the purchase “warehoused,” so you did not need to carry it with you throughout the day. This allowed you to buy multiple offerings and pick everything up at the end of the day.
Destination Gettysburg provided reservations and assistance learning the surrounding area. They are knowledgeable about the many local activities from battlefield tours, fine dining, horseback riding, camping, golf, and pretty much anything you would want to do on vacation.
Hopefully Cider Fest 2020 will be as successful and enjoyable as 2019. Congratulations to all of the attendees and sponsors of this year’s event!