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Cider Fest

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!