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Learn to Make Your Own Cider During Massachusetts' CiderDays Festival

October 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

At this point in the season the fall festivals are becoming few and far between; however, that doesn’t mean that all the seasonal goodies are gone for the year. There’s one last chance to raise a glass of cider and toast to the autumn, as Franklin County CiderDays arrives in Franklin County, Massachusetts on November 2 and 3. This is the 19th year they’ve been running things, so at this point we can only assume that they know what they’re doing.

The festival celebrates all things cider, as orchard tours, cider making, workshops, and tastings are all part of the experience. If you enjoy apples—or just enjoy spending some time in the cool crisp air—this is probably worth your time, and best of all there’s no admission to check most things out.

As for as eating is concerned festival organizers have you covered, as there’s opportunities that reveal the secrets to making the best apple pies. There’s an apple pancake breakfast to kick things off at the Second Congregational Church on Saturday morning, and the Cider Salon is the world's largest hard cider tasting.

They have more than 60 different options when it comes to sipping and sampling ciders—including the hard ones—from producers across the continent. That all goes down across from the Shelburne Buckland Community, and tickets for that will set you back $25 in advance—$30 at the gate. Just be sure to bring a little extra spending cash, as we'll sure you'll get the apple munchies after downing a few glasses of cider.

If you want to splurge on one autumn activity we’ve got to suggest the Cidermaking 101 Workshop. Sure, it’s $80, but you pretty much get all the goodies needed to cook up your first batch of cider including tubes, airlocks, hoses, and bottle brushes. Things run on Saturday morning between 9am and 11am, and you’ll leave the class with your delicious science project well on its way.

With almost 15 local orchards joining in on the fun, Franklin County CiderDays seems like the season’s last great hurrah. So load up the car with your favorite fall treats, and maybe you’ll even peep a few last patches of foliage that aren’t ready to let go.

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