The second week of December marked the annual Fruit and Vegetable Grower Expo held in downtown Grand Rapids. This expo includes informative education programs, a trade show with over 400 exhibitors, as well as a statewide cider competition. This year 40 cider entries were submitted for the competition. The cider is judged by a panel of expert judges who are looking at several different characteristics of the cider. These include appearance, color, aroma, sweet to tart blend, sugar to acid ratio, flavor, body, and overall impression. The cider is sent through several rounds until it is narrowed down to the remaining three from which the judges pick a first, second, and third place. This year we were awarded with first place! This makes it the third time in which we have been awarded with a first place finish. After three first place finishes you are also granted the award of the “master cider maker.” A big thanks goes out to all of our customers who have made it possible for us to achieve these two awards!
If you’re wondering where you can purchase this blue ribbon cider, click on the “Retail” link on the menu bar above, and visit any one of these fine Michigan venders that carry our cider. If you are a retailer yourself and interested in offering Michigan’s very best cider to your customers, give us a call @ 616-889-1864.
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