August 25

Fall Flavors Return To SLU

Get your tickets now for Cider Summit Seattle.

The 12th annual Cider Summit Seattle is returning to Lake Union Park in South Lake Union on September 8 and 9, promising a smorgasbord of delicious ciders, meads, and artisanal eats that celebrate the rich tapestry of flavors the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Presented by Teku Tavern + Café, the festival showcases more than 150 varieties from over 50 cideries, including Pacific Northwest favorites and international classics.

Festival co-founder and producer, Alan Shapiro, couldn’t be more excited about this year’s event. “Each year we look forward to bringing new ciders and flavors of the Pacific Northwest for our attendees to savor,” he says.

Vendors pouring cider to patrons at a festival.

Nearly half of the beverages on offer haven’t previously been poured at the Summit. Many of the cidermakers themselves will be present, guiding guests through an immersive tasting experience.

Michelle McGrath, CEO of the American Cider Association, perfectly explains the vibe: “A crisp cider paired with artisan foods and a view of Lake Union makes for the perfect September day.”

More than cider

Food vendors like Seattle Monster Dogs and Frelard Tamales will be there to keep you fueled. Don’t forget to vote in the Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge and explore the Cider Cocktail Lounge for a wider spectrum of fruit spirits and pommeau.

Dog lovers, take note! A Dog Lounge, hosted by Just Food for Dogs and benefiting the Seattle Humane Society, will offer shade, water, and treats for your four-legged companions.

Exclusive tasting pairings

For an elevated experience, consider the Saturday Pre-Opening Cider-Cheese-Charcuterie tasting. For an additional $35, you get access to a hosted tasting featuring four curated pairings and a special surprise! Please note that you must also purchase a festival VIP or General Admission ticket to add this on. Space is extremely limited, so jump on this opportunity as soon as possible.

Vendors holding signs at a festival.

Ticket details

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50+ and offer exclusive perks like early entry at 2pm on September 8, 16 tasting tickets, and a festival tasting glass. Do note that VIP tickets will not be sold at the gate and must be purchased online.

General Admission tickets are $40+ when purchased online in advance and will include 12 tasting tickets and a festival tasting glass. If you decide to make a last-minute trip, tickets will be available at the gate for $55, all fees included.

Designated driver tickets are available only at the gate for $10, including festival admission and a bottle of water. These are also restricted to attendees who are 21 & over.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy Cider Summit Seattle.

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