Gravenstein Apples are beginning to drop all across Sonoma County, Calif., and that can only mean one thing. It’s time once again for the Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Park in Sebastopol. The annual event, which takes place August 17 and 18, benefits the local nonprofit Sonoma County Farm Trails, and will be the kick off event for the 2nd Sonoma County Cider Week. Famous in the region for all things apple, the fair has also become home to the increasingly popular Craft Cider Tent, which this year will feature 18 unique ciders from 17 different local producers, each using apples grown within 100 miles of the fair site.
Put together by an enthusiastic group of local cider makers, the week’s fun continues with cider and food pairings a local restaurants, such as Bravas in Healdsburg and Lowells in Sebastopol, as well as cider flights, tap takeovers, product launches, and orchard tours.
The week’s culminating event will the Community Ciderfest on Saturday, August 24, on the lawn at Community Market in the Barlow, Sebastopol. Cider companies from around the county will be on-hand pouring their finest. Attendees can grove to the tunes of Burnside the Band while sipping cider and enjoying delicious food made by The Farmer’s Wife and Victorian Farmstead. The proceeds will go to support local agriculture in the form of The Farmers Guild and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.
Tickets for Community Ciderfest and information about the other Sonoma County Cider Week events can be found at sonomacountyciderweek.com.