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Cider Summit Chicago 2018 at Navy Pier

02/17/2018 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Navy Pier AON Grand Ballroom
Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
GA $35; VIP $45

Cider Summit Chicago 2018 at Navy Pier

Cider Summit Chicago 2018 at Navy Pier

The 6th annual Cider Summit returns to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Saturday, February 17. Cider Summit Chicago is the region’s largest cider tasting event featuring nearly 200 ciders and cider cocktails, including regional favorites and international classics.  General admission tickets are still available for each session – 11am-3pm or 4pm-8pm. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. This event is 21 & over only.

Cider Summit CHI will showcase nearly 200 ciders, meads, and cider cocktails including regional favorites and international classics. It is a unique opportunity for guests to meet and greet cidermakers and taste popular and new releases. As part of the Oaked Cider Challenge, presented by Enartis, several cider selections will be created specifically for the event. Attendees vote via text to crown the champion.

Additional highlights include a Cider Cocktail Lounge area, presented by Old Forester, expanded food pairings and the Cider Summit store featuring event merchandise and various cider souvenirs. For the second year, Cider Summit will debut its collaboration cider at the Chicago event. This year’s collaboration partner is Tieton Cider Works.

“We are thrilled to return to Navy Pier for our 6th annual event,” noted event co-founder, Alan Shapiro. “As awareness continues to grow and we welcome the cider-curious, we are thrilled that Chicago has really embraced our festival and has the highest attendance numbers among our four cities.”

All event tickets will be sold online in advance via the event website – A limited number of VIP tickets for each session are available for $40 and will increase to $45 as of January 15. VIP tickets include express entry to the event, a souvenir tasting glass, 18 tasting tickets, and a $2 donation to Heartland Alliance.

General admission advance purchase tickets are available for $30 exclusively online. Beginning January 15, general admission tickets will be $35. General admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets, and a $1 donation to Heartland Alliance.

Attendees and vendors can make additional donations to the Heartland Alliance in various ways throughout the Cider Summit.

“We are proud of our connection with the Heartland Alliance, our generous attendees have helped Cider Summit to donate over $14,000 since the first Chicago event,” explains Shapiro. “With the 2018 event, we hope to surpass the $20,000 mark.”

A separate ticket is required for each session. This event is strictly 21 & over – no exceptions.

Cider Summit is presented by presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot, along with supporting sponsors The Northman Cider Bar, Old Forester, Enartis, Hood River Juice, Hotel Palomar, and Louis Glunz Beers. Media support is provided by Chicago Reader, WBEZ Public Radio, and CIDERCRAFT Magazine. Cider Summit benefits Heartland Alliance.

For more information please visit, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @CiderSummit. Hashtag #CiderSummitCHI.

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