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Biglerville

Posted 6/21/2017 7:41am by Three Springs Fruit Farm.

PA Cider Fest 2017You never get to pick your hometown. That relationship between people and place can be good, bad, and all points in between. But in the same way that the soil in which a fruit is grown is a primary influence on how it eats, people are a product of their surroundings and your hometown is part of what makes you... you!

For me and Adams County, the person, the surroundings, the soil, and the fruits - we all share a common origin. All of these things exist along the southern slopes of the South Mountain for a reason, and next week's PA Cider Festival is a testimony to what makes this area special - on full display (including a 3springs stand so you won't have to miss your weekend market)!

So! My (updated) visitor's guide for this year's PA Cider Fest is, frankly, what I'd be trying to do if I could fit it all in next weekend! I won't, of course, because I'll be working hard to make sure you have a great experience. I'm lucky - I can check out these places anytime I choose!

  1. Cider - Ya don't say? I know it seems a little bit obvious but this event is really one of it's kind. Over 20 cideries - all of them from Pennsylvania. There's no national brands here, we're all craft producers with a wide range of products. I can all but guarantee you'll be moved to take something home with you - even if "I'm not a cider drinker". Embrace the diversity of flavors cider can offer - trust me, there's something there for you. And the view, the surrounds - the vibe... I mean, just click that link above and check out the photos from last year.
  2. Nature - PA is one of the standard bearers for preserved farmland in the US and Adams County is second only to Lancaster in it's commitment to preserving farmland and open, green spaces. Hikers (close to the AT), Bikers (close to Michaux), and outdoor enthusiasts of all description can catch the fresh air they need in Adams County.
  3. Food - If you're reading this, you're probably already too late in booking your reservation at Biglerville's Fidler & Co Craft Kitchen (but call to be sure, I'd hate for you to miss out). That won't prevent you from having an excellent meal. Whether you're searching for something nice while you're in town (Sidney at Willoughby Run), unique (Dobbin House), or get an authentic local meal like where I'd go for an average Friday night (Tommy's, Ernie's). And yes, you must save room for ice cream (Half Pint Creamery).
  4. Beer - There are more than a few excellent breweries in and around Gettysburg and a few more on their way, from what I understand. Can't blow the top off those at the moment, other than to say... I'm really looking forward to them. But for now! Gettysburg boasts two locations of Appalachian Brewing Company and the offerings of Battlefield Brew Works which always gets bonus points for their 19th century bank barn! Head a little east and Hanover is a burgeoning craft beer town. To the west, Chambersburg now has (newcomer) Gear House a short walk from (stalwart) Roy Pitz. And north of us? Embarrassment of riches. Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. Highway Manor (no visitors yet), Pizza Boy, Troeg's.... don't sleep on Collusion out of York either. Easily among my favorites.
  5. Tunes/Hangs - Many folks know I play some tunes on the side as well. I'm just one of the beneficiaries of a local community that embraces the arts. My buddies in Joist are playing The Parrot in Downtown Gettysburg after the festival. Reid's Winery also has music next weekend - they're a lovely place for unwinding with some live music. You're all very lucky - it's a Dan & Ali Friday night upstairs at The Garryowen before the festival, Jack Grace Band Saturday night. Waldo's & Co has The Jayplayers Saturday night. Battlefield Brew Works and O'Rorke's have bands in on the regular as well.

So, as you can see, I'm very passionate about the hometown that, in some sense, chose me. Rather than the other way around. If not the weekend of the 24th, I hope you'll find a time to come visit us!

Posted 6/22/2016 4:33pm by Ben Wenk.

It brings me great joy to introduce and guide others around the county of my birth.  Anyone who knows me well is well aware of the great pride I take in the rolling hills and fruit growing community that born me and raised me here in beautiful Adams County.  Like anybody's home, it's not perfect, but it's mine.  And there's no where else in the world I'd rather hail from and nowhere else I'd rather live than Northern Adams County, PA.  When people vacation in "Wine Country", they wanna hang out where the grapes are grown.  Well, cider fans, you're gonna be where the apples are grown if you visit my hometown of Biglerville PA this coming Saturday for the first PA Cider Fest.  Here's why you should attend:

 

  1. The Cider! - With a great supply of apples (4th largest apple producer in US) and a great accompanying craft beer braintrust, PA ciders have the raw product and the know how to be a dominant force in the burgeoning national cider scene.  But!  You don't have to take my word for it, LeVar Burton!
  2. The Surrounds - The same rolling hills that grow these beautiful fruits are gorgeous in the summertime - lush, green, and beautiful.  The soils beneath them make our lifestyle a reality.  The green splendor above them will make you eager to return a second time!
  3. The Food! - What's one of my favorite reasons to travel?  You got it!  Food culture and traditions of other areas.  Ours is no different with plenty to choose from.  Plus we're not all fruit all the time - we have a diverse agricultural community with excellent organic vegetables, dairy, grains, pastured livestock - it's all available.  Fidler & Co Craft Kitchen, The Inn at Herr Ridge, and Sidney all source locally.  Increasingly more craft beer selections in the area as well, starting with Tommy's Pizza.   Mason Dixon Distillery coming soon too!
  4. The Arts/Music Scene - For example, I'm playing a PA Cider Fest after party at the Cider House and tasting room of my good friends Reid's Cider House starting at 7pm Saturday.   In addition to making some of the best ciders and wines in the area, they support local musicians - Dave having played a good bit himself.  This self promotion aside, the beautiful walls of The Pub on the square are like an art installment all to themselves - a good painter friend did the whole interior/exterior.  Local spots like Ragged Edge Coffeehouse and the Blue Parrot Bistro hang local art frequently.  The Bluebrick Gallery has a great selection.  Great music and art at the re-launched Waldo's & Couu on the Square.  Plus always tasty brews and good tunes at Battlefield Brew Works just outside of town.
  5. Local Spots - There's few things that feel more like home than eating at Ernie's Texas Lunch.  This as local a locals spot as it gets.  Breakfast, gut busters, burgers - you can't go wrong.  Half Pint Creamery on the way back to Biglerville... now you're in business.
  6. Jumping Off Point - As much as I love where I live, I kind of like what the region has to offer as well, which makes Biglerville and Gettysburg a great home base for any number of other nearby places.  If you're craving a great beer after PA Cider Fest (and Battlefield Brew Works in Gettyburg), you can travel locally to Carlisle to hit up Molly Pitcher or to Chambersburg to Roy Pitz or regionally to destination breweries like Troeg's or Pizza Boy (Al's of Hampden).  There's a cool scene in Harrisburg these days for food and drink, likewise York and (especially) Lancaster.  Make a weekend of it.

I could go on forever.  The point is we want you to see where we hang our hat.  We love Adams County and we want to share it with you.  Fire some questions at me in the comments, believe me - I shortened this as much as I could!