It’s Cider Week in Virginia

It’s not always about the beer boom. Try locally made ciders during this celebratory, statewide event.


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Photo courtesy of Virginia Cider

Try Virginia-made (and some French) ciders during events at this year’s Cider Week.

Cider flights and crepes at Fontaine Caffe & Creperie
Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30–10 p.m.
This Alexandria cafe is showcasing its Brittany-style crepes with Virginia cider flights from Foggy Ridge Cider.// Fontaine Caffe & Creperie: 119 S. Royal St., Alexandria

Virginia cider at Cheesetique
Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.
Cheestique in Del Ray is hosting a cheese and cider tasting with Foggy Ridge Serious Cider, Foggy Ridge First Fruit, Potters The Haven and Potters Cider Noveau. The latter, says Nina Larkin of Cheesetique, is a favorite of hers: “it’s a tasty rose cider and wine blend”. // Cheestique Del Ray: 2411 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Virginia is for Ciders at Pizzeria Paradiso
Nov. 12, Noon-10 p.m.
Potters Craft Cider, Blue Bee Cider, Wild Hare Hard Cider and Albermarle Cider Works will offer tastings at Old Town’s Pizza Paradiso. Brian Ahnmark of Blue Bee says he will bring the “Charred Ordinary, a traditional tavern cider, and Rocky Ridge Reserve, a heirloom apple blend cider aged on fresh American oak.” // Pizzeria Paradiso: 124 King St. Alexandria

French Cidre Dinner at Bastille + cider on tap
Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
All month Bastille will have ciders on tap and on Nov. 15 will offer a $55 five-course prix fixe menu with French cider pairings. // Bastille: 606 N. Fayette St. Alexandria

Alexandria Cider Festival at the LLoyd House 
Nov. 18, 2-6 p.m.
Lloyd House will offer cider, plus Virginia history with stories of Thomas Jefferson’s involvement with apples and cider making. Ciders available for tasting include: Buskey Cider, Castle Hill Cider and Courthouse Creek Cidery. There will also be live music and food. // LLoyd House: 220 N. Washington St. Alexandria