"Cutchogue was all abuzz this weekend with the Second Annual Pour the Core: Hard Core Cider Festival!"
When: Oct. 5, 2013
Where: Peconic Bay Windery
Cutchogue was all abuzz this weekend with the Second Annual Pour the Core: Hard Core Cider Festival sponsored by Starfish Productions. The Peconic Bay Winery, on the North-fork, featured some 30+ ciders, including a few local brews.There were over 1000 guests enjoying the variety of samples with lines stretching around the winery grounds as people sipped cider. Speakers were also in attendance presenting cider mixology classes and two cider company presentations, both being from California. The Crispin Cider Company, based out of Colfax, California, provided a small audience with samples of their newest brew. “We try to push [the] limits of what cider can be,” said John Garrity, Regional Sales Manager for Crispin Cider. Cider, Garrity claims, is the “original American alcoholic beverage.” “[It’s just] fermented fruit…not as complicated as beer,” he said. With revelers cups overflowing, the picturesque Saturday afternoon was perfect. Guests were even treated to live music by Eddie Ayala. “We need more stuff like this on Long Island,” one patron said. The event lasted about four hours. Tickets were $40 in advance, $65 the day of the event and designated drivers had ticket prices at slashed down to $10. Another patron observed that the location of the event was a problem, since people had to drive all the way out to the East End and not drink, although buses were available to shuttle festival goers to limited areas on the island.