2017 CiderCon Recap—Fast Facts from USACM, & New Leadership Is Named

The 2017 CiderCon unfolded in Chicago earlier this month, bringing together cider professionals and aficionados from across the globe. Be sure to check out our photo booth photos, CiderShare photosWorkshop and Exhibition photos and information on 2017 CiderCon award winners!

CiderCon was created to present the commercial cider industry with an outlet to meet, share ideas, collaborate and also effect positive changes in cidermaking and cider fruit production best practices, the cider market and cider regulations. CiderCon is organized and produced by the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), which provided these fast facts on 2017 CiderCon:

  • 2017 was the seventh annual CiderCon
  • 37 states were represented, with Michigan, California, Oregon and Illinois bringing the most attendees
  • 8 countries attended: Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Kazakhstan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States
  • 813 people attended, not counting the 220 vendor representatives from the trade show
  • The trade show more than doubled in size this year, with 90 vendors
  • CiderCon 2018 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland!

In addition to the CiderCon happenings throughout the week, the incoming board of directors has elected the 2017 executive committee, including the following members: Bruce Nissen of Jester & Judge Cider Company (Stevenson, WA) as president, Trevor Baker of Noble Cider Company (Asheville, NC) as vice president, Paul Vander Heide of Vander Mill (Spring Lake, MI) as secretary and Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders (Newport, VT) as treasurer. These board officers will exhibit enhanced leadership roles for the association in 2017, including a close working relationship with USACM executive director Michelle McGrath.

Four new board members were also elected during the annual business meeting held at CiderCon, including Marcus Robert of Tieton Cider Works (Yakima, WA) as the Northwest regional board chair, Dan Young of Tandem Ciders (Suttons Bay, MI) as the Midwest chair, Eric Foster of Stem Ciders (Denver, CO) as the Mountain/West chair and Brian Shanks of Bold Rock Cider (Nellysford, VA) to one of three large-producer seats reserved for cideries making over 500,000 gallons of cider a year.

See you next year in Charm City!

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