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2015 Foggy Ridge Events
November 27—29 Thanksgiving Open House
Prolong your holiday indulgences with a drive to Foggy Ridge Cider’s late fall orchards where we’re open all weekend, Friday through Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy seasonal homemade soup from Floyd’s favorite local caterer, Cast Iron Catering, paired with the beverage of the season. You can start your holiday shopping with cider gift boxes. Soup & cider pairing on Friday and Saturday 11 to 5 for $10; open Sunday 12 to 5
December 19 —Holiday Open House
Celebrate the holiday on our last open day of the season. Delight your friends and family with gift baskets, boxes and bags full of artisan cider and seasonal treats, all designed to please. Expect cider, holiday snacks and music of the season. $7 tasting fee covers six ciders and logo glass. Open 11 to 5.
Places we’ll be pouring…
Saturday, December 5th, 12:00-3:00 PM, Tasting at Feast, Charlottesville, VA
Feast’s ingredient’s highlight the Virginia countryside and includes approximately 75 cheeses and 60 cured deli meats. The lunch café serves a full menu featuring daily and weekly specials and soups. What better place to taste Foggy Ridge’s award-winning cider?
Previous Events in 2015
March 21 —Scuppernong Books Cider Tasting
Scuppernong Books in Greensboro lifts the spirits of every book lover. This independent bookstore is a haven for browsing, sipping coffee and enjoying a glass of wine or cider. Join Foggy Ridge owner, Diane Flynt, for a cider tasting from 3 to 4, complete with heirloom apples and snacks. And books of course!
March 20 —Harvest Moon Cider Tasting
Join Foggy Ridge General Manager, Sue Carter, to sample our latest cider blends at Floyd’s best source for all things local. Free. 2 to 5
April 11-12 —Opening Weekend
It’s Customer Appreciation time on opening weekend at Foggy Ridge. Stop by for special pricing on our award winning ciders, snacks and a variety of door prizes. $7 tasting fee includes six ciders plus logo glass. Saturday 11 to 5. Sunday 12 to 5.
April 18—Farmville WIne Festival
Riverside Park in Farmville hosts the best wine, beer and cider, along with music and local crafts. We’ll be there from 11 to 6.
April 24—Taste 2015 Cider Dinner
Taste 2015, “a celebration of food and drink”, says it all. Join Chef Rick Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint and Chef John Eisensmith of Six Plates Wine Bar for an all Foggy Ridge Cider dinner. Four courses plus extra bites from Mattie Beason are bound to please. Snag one of the few remaining tickets for Olive Oil Poached Monkfish, Shawarma Spiced Beef Tenderloin, Smoky Eggplant Spread and Roasted Beets and much more.
April 25 —Bloom Fest
There’s nothing more beautiful than a mountain orchard in full bloom. Visit for a cider tasting, or picnic under apple blossoms with snacks from our Food Truck. Reserve a spot for an Orchard Walk with owner, Diane Flynt, at 1:00 or 3:00. $10 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass plus Orchard Walk. Open 11 to 5
May 9 —Second Saturday Music with Hard Cider
We couldn’t resist—the band Hard Cider brings their eclectic version of Blue Grass to the Foggy Ridge crush pad. Cast Iron Catering offers locally sourced food for your picnic pleasure. $12 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass plus music. Open 11 to 5. Music 12 to 4.
May 16 —Vinton Wine& Food Festival, Vinton, VA
The Vinton War Memorial lawn hosts local wineries and, yes, Foggy Ridge for a day of music, crafts, food and beverage. 1 to 6.
May 30 —Where The Buffalo Roam
Foggy Ridge Cider & Buffalo Mountain
Come roam the Buffalo, Buffalo Mountain that is. Take a shuttle from Foggy Ridge to nearby Buffalo Mountain for a short guided hike with Naturalist Eric Harold that rewards with 360 degree views. Return for local buffalo burgers and chili for sale from Brushy Creek Bison Farm, plus a cider tasting. $12 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass and shuttle to and from the Buffalo. Tasting without shuttle $7. Reserve a spot. Open 11 to 5.
May 30 —James River Wine Festival
Foggy Ridge joins 12 local wineries for the 3rd annual James River Wine Festival. 11 to 6.
June 6— Chef Series with Local Roots Restaurant
Local Roots, Roanoke’s top spot for locavore dining, brings their focus on flavor and local ingredients to Foggy Ridge in this first Chef Series. Chef Matt creates three bite size pairings to sample with three ciders. Stop by and celebrate “local” on the plate and in the glass. Reserve a spot. $12 covers cider & pairings. Saturday 11 to 5
June 13 —Second Saturday Music Series with Ragtop
Welcome our favorite songwriting duo back to the Foggy Ridge crush pad for classic tunes, R&B and their own brand of Blue Grass. Bring your friends and enjoy a day in the orchard. Cast Iron Catering brings local cuisine for purchase. $12 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass plus music. Open 11 to 5. Music 12 to 4.
June 16 —Wine on Main Cider Tasting
Join Cider Maven Stacey Sprenz at Wine on Main in Clayton, NC, for a cider tasting from 5 to 7. Stacey (a cooking instructor, food writer and much much more!) will pour cider amidst a fine wine selection in this charming village.
June 27—Yoga in the Orchard
Yoga in the vineyard is all the rage, why not an heirloom apple orchard? Warm up with a stroll through the orchard, join a 90 minute basic/intermediate Hatha Yoga class then relax with a glass of cider and a snack. Yoga classes begin at 11 and 2. Reserve a spot. $15 fee covers six cider tastings, logo glass and yoga class.
July 11—Second Saturday Music Series with Butch Robins
Known for his classic Blue Grass style, banjo artist Butch Robins plays on the Foggy Ridge crush pad from 12 to 4. Cast Iron Catering offers favorite local dishes. $12 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass and plus music. Open 11 to 5.
July 16 —Cider Tasting at Uncorked
Stop by Raleigh’s Uncorked Wine & Coffee Bar and sample Foggy Ridge cider with Stacey. She’s pour our sparkling blends from 6 to 8.
July 25 —Cider Tasting at Raleigh Kroger on Creedmoor Road
Cider Guru Stacey Sprenz strikes again with a cider tasting at the Kroger store in Creedmore Road in Raleigh from 3:00 to 6:00. Stop by to sample our latest!
July 30 —Raleigh Wine Shop Cider Tasting
Yes! Here’s another chance to sample Foggy Ridge with Stacey Sprenz at Raleigh Wine Shop. Time TBD.
August 1 —Triangle Wine Company Cider Tasting
Join Cider Maven Stacey Sprenz at Triangle Wine Company in Morrisville, NC, for a cider tasting from 1 to 3. Stacey (a cooking instructor, food writer and much much more!) will pour cider amidst a fine wine selection in one of the best beverage shops we know.
August 8 —Second Saturday Music Series with Gabriel Morales
Composer and blues guitar wunderkind Gabriel Morales visits the crush pad for a day of inpsired tunes—this young singer songwriter can belt it out with the best. Cast Iron Catering is on hand with local cuisine on offer. $12 tasting fee includes six ciders, logo glass plus music. Open 11 to 5. Music 12 to 4.
August 15—Whole Foods Durham Cider Tasting
I find it hard to pass Whole Foods without slipping in for an essential. On August 15, Cider Guru Stacey Sprenz adds cider to your list of essentials with a cider tasting at the Whole Foods store in Durham from 3:00 to 6.
August 22—Cider tasting at Kroger on Six Forks Road in Raleigh from 1:00 to 3:30
August 22—Cider tasting at Triangle Wine company in Cary from 4:00 to 7:00 http://www.trianglewineco.com/cary-store.html
September 12—Fall Orchard Walk
Hewe’s Crab, Parmar, Ribston Pippin…join owner Diane Flynt for a fall orchard tour through an heirloom apple orchard. Sign up for a tour at 1 or 3. Food truck on site so bring a blanket for an orchard picnic. Open 11 to 5. Contact us to list your local event featuring artisanal food.
September 26 —Chef Series with Our Daily Bread Bakery & Cafe
Blacksburg’s Our Daily Bread brings their French inspired cooking to Foggy Ridge. Expect beautiful savory and sweet dishes from this most artistic restaurant paired with three ciders. Reserve a spot. $12 covers cider and pairings. Open 11 to 5.
October 10 —Apple Harvest Celebration at Foggy Ridge
Taste the fruits, and the beverage, of the season as Foggy Ridge celebrates The Apple. Sample heirloom favorites like Cox’s Orange Pippin, Ashmead’s Kernel and Roxbury Russett along with award winning cider. Plus Elizabeth Wiegand, author of The New Blue Ridge Cookbook, will be on hand to sign her excellent book, and talk about cider recipes and pairings. Learn about cider apples and how to best enjoy fine cider. $10 covers cider & apple tasting. Saturday 11 to 5
Tuesday, Oct 6th- Event Cider tasting with Diane, Boone, NC
Saturday, October 11th, 2015, 12:00-6:00 PM- Attimo Harvest Festival, Attimo Winery, Christiansburg
Saturday, October 18th, 2015, 12:00-5:00 PM-Wine and Unwind Wine Festival, Salem Civic Center, Salem
Saturday, October 18th, 2015 2:00-6:00 PM- Shell-raiser at Seven Springs Farm
Tuesday, October 20th, 5:00-7:00 PM-Wine On Main, Boone, NC
Saturday, October 24th, 3:00-6:00 PM –The Butcher’s Market,Raleigh, NC
November 14 —Chef Series with The Palisades Restaurant
You’ve heard about The Palisades restaurant in Eggleston—now’s your chance to sample fare from this award winning restaurant. Enjoy three small dishes paired with three ciders for $12. Reserve a spot. Open 11 to 5.
Friday, October 30th, 6:30-8:30 PM- Cooking class at Whisk , Whisk Carolina, Cary, NC
This class is perfect for those who truly appreciate handcrafted sausage and would like to experiment with unlimited combinations of flavors at home. Foggy Ridge Cider is excited to team up with Kim and Stacey, who will entertain with their knowledge, skills, and witty commentary. Cider, beer, and wine served.
November 7th, 1:00-4:00 PM, Jimmy’s No 43—Cider 101 for CiderWeekNY
Diane Flynt prepares for Cider Week VA by celebrating cider in New York City! Invited to share our cider for Cider Week NYC, we are excited to pair up with the carving skills of J. Fox, head butcher at Hudson & Charles for a two-hour pig butchering with cider. Who’s hungry?
Friday, November 13th, Friday Tasting at Barrel Thief, Richmond, VA
With over 400 labels and a knowledgeable staff, Barrel Thief has become a wine lover’s paradise and the best place in Richmond to taste affordable and different wines from all over the world. Foggy Ridge Cider is excited to offer a tasting of Dugspur, Virginia’s finest hard cider.
Friday, November 13th, 5:00-7:00 PM, Tasting at the Republic of Floyd, Floyd, VA
Don’t let Friday the 13th keep you home! Foggy Ridge Cider will be tasting a selection of our finest ciders in Downtown Floyd, pair that with cheeses and foot stompin’ Bluegrass… no matter how superstitious you may be, it’s simply too irresistible to miss!
Saturday, November 14th, 2:00 PM, Bread and Cider, Carey, NC.
Join us for a lesson in craft hard cider and Fall breads. Foggy Ridge Cider joins Lionel Vatinet, master baker at La Farm Bakery and recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for “Outstanding Baker” in 2015, for a tasting and bread baking class.
November 13—22 Cider Week VA
This statewide celebration includes events from Arlington to Abingdon, many featuring Foggy Ridge Cider. More details at www.CiderWeekVA.com.
Saturday, November 21- Sunday, November 22 – Cider Week VA Open House
What’s “gleaning”? For centuries rural folk gathered left over crops from fields after harvest. Visit Foggy Ridge Cider and glean your own fallen fruit in a self-guided tour through two of our cider apple orchards. You’ll likely find some late fruit hanging on trees—and you’ll certainly enjoy a stroll in late fall orchards. Return to the Cider House for Mulled Apple Juice with a dollop of Foggy Ridge Cider Pippin Gold. $7 tasting includes self-guided orchard tour, logo glass and mulled juice.
Friday, November 13-22nd, 3rd Annual Foggy Ridge Roanoke Cocktail Competition
Roanoke’s top restaurants including Fortunato, Local Roots, Lucky, River & Rail , and Wall Street create inventive cocktails using Foggy Ridge Cider. In past years customers have enjoyed drinks like the Dugsperado and Foggy Ridge Fizz. Sample these locally created cocktails to cast your vote all week long at the five participating restaurants! Top selling cocktail wins a cash prize… and bragging rights for a year!
Thursday, November 19th, 5:30-7:00 PM, Tasting at Hey Helen, Floyd, VA
What’s not to like about sipping cider while shopping for the latest fashions? Visit Floyd’s Hey Helen shop, the destination for style in downtown Floyd, to learn about VA cider, sample Foggy Ridge Cider’s latest blends, snack on local cheese and…of course…shop!
Friday, November 20th, 2:00 -5:00 PM – Tasting at The Harvest Moon, Floyd, VA
We are lucky to live in an area with so many possibilities in fruits, vegetables, cheeses, crafts, music and of course cider! On your way to the Friday Floyd Jamboree, stop by The Harvest Moon, peruse the local foods & crafts while sampling selections from Foggy Ridge Cider aired with the finest cheeses.
Friday, November 20th, 12:00-2:00 PM – Music to Your Mouth: Culinary Salon/Ingredients: Apples
Diane Flynt talks cider and tackles apples with Pastry Chef Lisa Donovan. They’ll discuss how apples differ from pie to cider and and explore hand pie pairings. (Bring your sweet tooth.)
Saturday, November 21st, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM –Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, Poplar Forest, VA
This November, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation to toast the “Father of Virginia Wine” in the seventh annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival. This festival is held inside large, heated tents, rain or shine. Tasting tickets include a complimentary wine glass.