The 6th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition will be held on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at the Courtyard by Marriot in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is sponsored by the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association.
The competition is open to both professionals (i.e., licensed commercial producers) and amateurs. Fermented beverages of all kinds are welcome including ciders, perrys, meads, and beers. There are also categories for commercial distilled spirits products made from apples or pears.
Orchard-keeping is an important part of the Midwest's agricultural heritage. The Great Lakes region still produces about one-quarter of the U.S. apple crop. Beverage production is a good way to add value to an agricultural commodity and patronizing local producers helps support the local and regional economy.
The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (GLCPA) is a nonprofit organization formed to showcase and promote fermented apple and pear beverages and to help educate consumers and producers about them.
The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival will be held on the weekend of September 10-11, at Uncle John's Cider Mill in St. Johns, Michigan.