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Hard Cider Festival to Feature Apple Pie Eating Contest

Contest to take place at annual Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival on October 15, 2016 at The Navy Yard

(PHILADELPHIA, PA. September 8, 2016) - The 4th Annual Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival will be returning to Philadelphia-this year with even more cider and what will surely be a contest to remember! The festival will be held on October 15, 2016 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm on the Marine Parade Grounds located at The Navy Yard at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Attendees will enjoy refreshing and delicious samples from local, national and international cider producers, more than 75 ciders in all! Pour the Core will proudly showcase locally made ciders from some of Pennsylvania’s most talked-about producers, including Jack’s Hard Cider (Biglerville), Kurant Cider (Perkasie), Hardball Cider (Mount Bethel), and festival first-timer Power Core Hard Cider (Coudersport), among them. Tickets for the event are on sale now at

Twenty-five Pour The Core ticketholders will have the opportunity to compete and show-off their pie eating skills, but only one will earn bragging rights and win the prize package valued at over $500 furnished by Hard Cider News and Starfish Junction, producers of the Pour The Core event. Ticketholders can register to become a contestant on the event website,, or sign-up at the event if competitor slots remain. The contest is limited to the first 25 people who register; a waitlist will be made. All contestants will receive one apple pie baked by Frecon Farms, farmers and cidermakers from Boyertown, PA. The contest will be timed and the winner will be the contestant who finishes their pie first without using their hands. “We’re super excited to bring this new contest element to the cider festival,” said Event Manager Kristyn Dolan. “The apple pie eating contest is fun to do and fun to watch...and another way to showcase the star of the show, the beloved apple.”

The event is sure to impress both cider lovers and fun seekers alike. The event will offer a unique line-up of ciders to sample, food available to purchase from some of Philly’s most popular food trucks, and a variety of sponsored activities such as a photo booth from Angry Orchard (Massachusetts) to capture the best #PTCPhilly faces. Award-winning Strongbow (England) will have a DJ spinning top hits from a chic lounge, and Woodchuck (Vermont) will be offering some amazing new ciders as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with the attendees.

Pour The Core: Philly has selected the Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders, as its charity partner this year. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a food drive which will be taking place and bring items like dry pasta, jarred pasta sauce, canned tuna/chicken and other non-perishable food items to the event. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will also go towards the CBC’s wonderful work.

Pour the Core will be held from 12:30-4:00pm on October 15, 2016 at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Tickets ($45 GA) are on sale now and can be purchased at Tickets include a five ounce souvenir tasting cup (sponsored by Woodchuck) and the freedom to enjoy two-ounce samples from any exhibitor. Designated driver tickets are available for $12 each. This is a 21+ event. Valid photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted. The event will take place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final. The Navy Yard in located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Round trip complimentary shuttle bus service is offered courtesy of the event organizers from the Broad & Pattison SEPTA station to the Navy Yard on event day. Free on-site parking is also available.

Pour The Core: Philly is sponsored by Woodchuck Cider, Strongbow, Frecon Farms, Hard Cider News, Cidercraft Magazine, Cider Culture, The Town Dish, and Yelp.

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