ARLINGTON – The age-old tradition of making apple cider is being officially resurrected Friday, Sept. 13, as a number of professional producers compete to become the first-ever champion of the brand-new Applelicious Cider Competition.
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Tasty apple cider
The contest is an addition to Applelicious: The Prince Edward Island Apple Festival, a two-day event once again being hosted by Arlington Orchards at 1309 Route 131 in Arlington. This competition is actually the first cider championship ever held in the Maritimes.
"Our main objectives are to highlight this expanding sector of the ever-growing P.E.I. apple business and to increase our presence in the Fall Flavours event," says Applelicious event planner, Sara Arsenault-Kennedy from the North Cape Coastal Tourism Area Partnership.
Friday night's event kicks off at 7 p.m. under a big tent in the middle of the orchard.
Arsenault-Kennedy is promising "a lively atmosphere filled with the sounds of some amazing Prince Edward Island musicians.”
P.E.I. country-rockers Old Stone Station, made up of singer-guitarist Blake Crockett, guitar player Jon Dykerman, bass player Matt Praught and drummer Dave Ball, will energize the evening with well-known songs as well as cuts from their debut album, “Western Road.”
Everyone wishing to attend this new event must purchase a $25 ticket in advance at www.fallflavours.ca/events.
Applelicious is a three-event festival that is part of the 2013 Fall Flavours Culinary Festival. On Saturday, Sept. 14, it features a pancake breakfast by Ellerslie 4-H Club from 8:30-10-30 a.m. That evening, TV Chef Anna Olson cooks the fabulous four-course Applelicious Meal in the Field.
More information about Applelicious and the cider competition are available at www.appleliciouspei.ca.