RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Cider Week Virginia begins on Friday and runs through November 20.
There will be tastings, workshops and collaborations celebrating ciders from across the commonwealth.
In 2012, Virginia became the first state to have an officially proclaimed “Cider Week.”
More than 100 events are planned in the state.
Buskey Cider in Scott’s Addition is one of the many cideries participating.
On Saturday, they will be releasing their “Pink Lady” cider and will donate 50 cents of every pint to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Buskey Cider founder William Correll describes the “Pink Lady” cider as dry, delicate and champagne-like. He says it also has some peachy flavors and aromas.
This is the first completely dry cider they’ve done that’s not infused.
“That’s something people always want to try,” he said. “Being able to single out one apple and really experience that is really neat.”
On Saturday, Buskey Cider will also be one of many local cideries pouring samples at the Richmond Cider Celebration.
That’s happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market.
Another highlight in Buskey’s lineup is a collaboration with Sugar Shack.
They’ll be serving up donuts specially made with Buskey Cider from their gluten-free donut truck outside the cidery.
That’s happening Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Buskey Cider is pushing out event details on social media. Check out their Facebook page to see what else they have planned for Cider Week Virginia.
“Cider is so good it’s really like a week and a half,” said Correll. “I think it just says a lot about the kind of consumers and culture we have in Virginia. We love our craft beverages, we love local agriculture, we love local business and I think this is a sign that the state actually really does care about this.”