Straight from the orchard to your glass, sample a handful of Virginia cideries on the charming grounds of Lloyd House.

Tart and crisp, apple cider is the beverage of the season. The DMV—especially Virginia—has built up quite a reputation with its plethora of cider producers. And you can sample them for yourself at the Alexandria Cider Festival! From 1 to 5 p.m., guests can sample their way through Virginia's best cider-makers, as well as enjoy local cuisine and live music.

The festival will be held at the Lloyd House, a historic landmark in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, dating back to 1796. As a popular spot for community events, we'd be 'hard-pressed' to find a better place for cider sampling!

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Courtesy of Virginia Cider Facebook page

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 1–5 p.m.
WHERE: Lloyd House | 220 N Washington Street | Alexandria, VA
TICKETS: Presale $45 | At the door $55 | Purchase HERE

Over 10 cideries from around the state will be offering samples of the aromatic beverage. With your trusty sampling glass, you'll get to try Blue Bee Cider from Richmond, Albemarle Ciderworks from North Garden, and (of course) Alexandria's Lost Boy Cider. Food from Executive Orders, the Mount Vernon estate's exclusive food truck, will add some East Coast flair with lobster rolls, shrimp and grits, and chicken Waldorf salad.

Along with food and drink, visitors can enjoy live entertainment and other activities during the day. While the festival itself is for adults, a fun art activity provided by Kidcreate Studio will give the little ones something to do—and bring home with them.

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Bold Rock Hard Cider, courtesy of Facebook

This cozy fall festival has something for everybody, so don't miss it!

Here are a few things to note:

  • Tickets cover samples, souvenir glasses, and access to food and entertainment.
  • For transportation, parking garages are located around Old Town West, including Republic Parking and Cameron/St. Asaph Street Lot. Find out more information here.
  • With a 150-person capacity, tickets sell out fast, so buy yours early! (77 are currently available).
  • The event will be outdoors, so wear your warmest coat!

For the full list of participating cider producers, check out the event's Facebook page.

Are any cider fans hitting up this event? What cideries are you excited to try? Share them with us in the comments!