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Hard Cider Festival to Feature Apple Cider Donut Eating Contest

Contest to take place at annual Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival on October 1, 2016 at L.I. Sports Park

(CALVERTON, NY. September 9, 2016) - The 5th Annual Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival will be returning to Long Island - this year with new cider producers and what will surely be a contest to remember! The festival will be held on October 1, 2016 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm at Long Island Sports Park located at 149 Edwards Avenue in Calverton, NY. 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 such as Woodside Hard Ciders (Aquebogue), Furnace Spicy Hard Cider (Sag Harbor) and festival first-timer Riverhead Ciderhouse (Calverton), 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 donut 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 cider donut baked by Woodside Orchards, farmers and cidermakers from Aquebogue, NY. The donut will be hung from a string that hangs in the air. Contest will be timed and the winner will be the contestant who finishes their donut 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 cider donut 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 Long Island’s popular food trucks, and several seminars on America’s historic beverage. 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: Long Island has selected KiDS NEED MoRE, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children, families and young adults coping with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, as its charity partner this year. Attendees are encouraged to participate in an on-site raffle and fun activities like cornhole, jumbo connect, and giant tumbling tower to help the organization fundraise. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will also go towards the organization’s wonderful work.

Pour the Core will be held from 12:30-4:00pm on October 1, 2016 at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton. 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. Long Island Sports Park is located at 149 Edwards Avenue, Calverton. Plenty of free on-site parking is available. Bus transportation can be purchased through Tapped Enterprises.

Pour The Core: Long Island is sponsored by Woodchuck Cider, Strongbow, Woodside Orchards, Hard Cider News, and Cidercraft Magazine.

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