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CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival

Calling all cider lovers, Northwest craft beverage zealots, the cider-curious, hard cider aficionados, apple lovers, competitors, kids, and really anyone looking for a fantastic event: it’s time for you to be a part of history. The Great Peninsula Cider Festival promises cider sipping, delectable regional tastes, music, art, and great family fun!

At the inaugural Cider Swig, you and your friends will be surrounded by the picturesque fall backdrop of the grounds at Sehmel Homestead Park and be showcased to the finest ciders the Northwest has to offer – 50 and counting! The event will feature varieties by cidermakers from Washington and Oregon, including Finnriver Cidery, Whitewood Cider Co., Dragon's Head Cider, Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Alpenfire Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Nashi Orchards, The Methow Valley Ciderhouse (confirmed to date).

And, while cider (and perry) varieties infused with flavors as ginger, pumpkin, vanilla, or even habanero chilies, are the focus of the festival, there will be much more to do, taste, and see. Experience the Glass Orchard by area glass blowing artists or take part in the Apple Lunch Competition. Tempting tastes, by area restaurants and food trucks, will range from southern BBQ to traditional comfort food, Asian cuisine to Northwest Frybread specialties, to South of the border delicacies. There will also be live music throughout the day by local bands like Budapest West, Spare Thyme Twin Fiddles, and Lobo Del Mar’s Celtic-Bluegrass-Flamenco fusion, with pipes & Irish Step Dancers!

Bring the entire family – there will be something for everyone. Organizers of the Cider Swig are working hard to make sure this is a family friendly event. In the Kids’ Apple Zone, there will be games and activities for children of all ages, to ensure all have a terrific time.

Sip, sample and take home your favorites from the Cider Tent for savoring later. Several cideries will have both hard and soft ciders available during the event. There will also be other non-alcoholic beverages available at the festival.

But, the best part is, all of this fun is for a great cause. All Cider Swig proceeds will go to support environmental education and conservation, and related community initiatives. So, when you join in the merry-making, you will be helping to maintain and expand area parks, provide funds for trail maintenance, and protect natural areas around our greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula community so that all may enjoy for years to come.

The Cider Swig is being held in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day – the country’s largest, single-day volunteer effort to benefit our great public lands. If you’re interested in volunteering at the festival, or at park projects being hosted from 9:00am to 12:00 pm by PenMet Parks, KeyPen Parks and the City of Gig Harbor, please call the Foundation at (253) 514-6338 or send an email to and we’ll hook you up!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm.


Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA


· $25 in advance (to 9/19)

· $32 at gate (if available)

· $10 designated driver

Tickets include five drink tokens and a festival glass. Tickets are available online at, from the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (253) 514-6338, or from the Harbor WildWatch booth at the Downtown Farmers Market 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Wednesday August 27, and every Wednesday in September.

Admission is free to all festival areas but the Cider Garden & Sales Tent. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as the event is expected to sell out.

The festival will take place rain or shine (no refunds). Don’t forget to bring a belly ready for delicious foods ($5 per food token). More information:


Julie Ann Gustanski, (253) 514-6338

Lindsey Johnson, (253) 514-6338

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is a charitable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the communities of the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas.