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Downeast Cider and Cheese Festival
November 9 @ 4:30 pm$22
Heart of Ellsworth is pleased to announce the Downeast Cider and Cheese Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 142 Main St. (the former J&B Atlantic Building) with two seatings – the first at 4:30 p.m. and second at 6:30 p.m.
To celebrate Ellsworth’s rich apple history, Heart of Ellsworth is highlighting the revival of two traditional foods, hard cider and artisanal cheese. The evening will begin with a short history of heirloom apples in Downeast Maine by local historian Todd Little-Siebold. The talk will highlight the importance of apples in the 1880s in the state of Maine. Ellsworth was the number one exporter of apples in the world. By 1850, Ellsworth was home to 12 commercial orchards, and in 1880 the total number of working farms had grown to 84. In 1931, a big freeze killed an estimated 330,000 trees in New England ending the apple boom.
With the support of this year’s sponsor, Bangor Savings Bank, the focus of the festival will be a guided tasting of cider and cheese. Each of the five local hard cider makers and five artisan cheesemakers from around the state will be on hand to talk about their craft, share sips of hard cider and bites of artisanal cheese. There will be live music by local musician Nikolai Fox, playing and singing old-time fiddle tunes.
Tickets are $22. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartofellsworth.org.