Blue Bridge Festival and International Cider Competition among highlights

cider weekGrand Rapids, MI (April 3, 2017) – The Michigan Cider Association (MCA), with support from Experience Grand Rapids, announces the inaugural Cider Week GR, April 17-22, 2017.

The week-long celebration brings hard cider makers from around the world to Michigan, the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., for industry events, an international cider competition, local tap takeovers, and a festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

Cider Week GR coincides with the world’s largest cider judging competition, the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). GLINTCAP features professional and amateur cider makers from more than three countries, competing for awards in 18 categories. The competition is closed to the public and runs April 19- 22 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

The inaugural Cider Week GR culminates with the first-ever hard cider festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Saturday, April 22 from 2-7 p.m.

The festival features cider makers from around Michigan. Attendees will also enjoy a line-up of local music and food. The festival is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite.