WALLINGFORD — Saturday’s first-ever Cider Conn is officially sold out, but cider enthusiasts can still take advantage of more than a dozen events throughout the week.
Cider Conn at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn will kick-off a week of cider festivities, followed by a tap-takeover brunch event at Mikro Depot in Hamden on Sunday.
Miguel Galarraga, owner of the New England Cider Co. in Wallingford, said the Mikro Depot event will feature about eight ciders on tap, cider cocktails and apple inspired brunch dishes.
“It's nice that they are joining in on the cider festivities and helping us display not only our brands but the product itself,” Galarraga said of Mikro Depot, which usually features craft beer.
The Connecticut Cider Association had a feeling Cider Conn would be popular, but were surprised it sold out in about a month, Galarraga said. The event was capped at 400 people to allow attendees to fully enjoy it, he added.
Locally, Westbrook Lobster, Yale Billiards, and Front Porch Brewing will all be holding mini-tap takeovers. Galarraga said each mini takeover will have a unique set of ciders. Spoke and Spy and Stafford Cidery are also participating in the cider week events.
Yale Billiards will host its event on Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Westbrook Lobster will host on Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On Nov. 17, High Hill Orchard in Meriden will host a cider pressing demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., closing out the cider week festivities. Orchard owner Wayne Young said the demonstration will show people how they press fresh juice on their farm.
Fresh juice will be available for purchase from the farm, along with their usual variety of produce, like onions, garlic, potatoes, and turnips.
“It kind of gives something different for people to see,” Galarraga said.
Check “CT Cider Week” on Facebook, as well as the social media of participating businesses for updates throughout the week.