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100+ Hard Ciders for Sampling at Boston's Biggest Cider Festival
Cider Donut Eating Contest Returns

(BOSTON, MA.  March 7, 2018) – The 4th Annual Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival is sailing into the Boston Cruiseport on Saturday, April 7, 2018 and will offer festival goers over 100 different hard ciders for sampling.  The event will offer two sessions: 1) VIP 1:30pm to 6:00pm and 2) General Admission (GA) 2:30pm-6:00pm

, the VIP session offering several advantages, among them:  access to VIP only seating area and the ability to try special limited-release ciders being poured only at the VIP session.  A pay-one-price ticket allows attendees to enjoy refreshing and delicious cider samples from local, national and international cider producers.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at  This is a 21+ event.  Tickets are limited, advance online purchase is recommended.

Consumers continue to show their love of hard cider and continue to explore the cider category looking for new and innovative styles and flavors.  “We’ve seen festival attendance numbers increase year-to-year, not just here in Boston, but in Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Long Island where we also host Pour The Core shows,” said Kristyn Dolan, event manager at Starfish Junction, producers of the Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival  franchise.   According to a recent Forbes article focusing on cider growth and consumption, contributor Tara Nurin states, “four percent of legal drinkers cite cider as their boozy beverage of choice, compared to 1% a decade ago. Cider controls .4% of the alcoholic beverage category – a small but mighty number when you consider that it started at .06% a decade-and-a-half ago.”

Pour the Core returns to Boston for year four.  Its overwhelming popularity is based on delivering a great attendee experience—offering a great variety of ciders to sample, entertaining and educational seminars about cider production and enjoyment.  A favorite activity among the festival goers is the fun and extremely competitive Cider Donut Eating Contest, sponsored this year by Hard Cider News and Lookout Farm who will supply the cider donuts.  Ticketholders sign-up online to compete, the winner is the person who can eat a donut hung from a string in the fastest time without the use of hands. The winner gets a prize package valued at over $500.  

Taking special care to support local producers, the event will showcase many hometown local favorites, including:  Prospect Ciderworks (Boston, MA); Shoal Hope Ciderworks (Provincetown, MA); Stormalong (Sherborn, MA); Carlson Orchards (Harvard, MA); Bantam (Somerville, MA); and more.  Other national and international cidermakers will also join in on the event, with representation from New York, Vermont, California, Texas, Ohio, Maine, and as far away as Sweden, Spain, England, and France.

Tickets for Pour the Core: Boston, Saturday, April 7, 2018, are available for purchase online now.  VIP ($60) 1:30pm to 6:00pm and GA ($45) 2:30pm-6:00pm.Tickets include a five-ounce taster cup and the freedom to enjoy two-ounce samples from any cider maker. VIP ticketholders will enjoy a special VIP seating area, an extra hour of tastings, samples of specialty ciders poured for VIPs only, and a commemorative sample glass.  Designated driver tickets are available for $12 each.  Tickets must be purchased in advance; there will be no tickets for sale at the door. This is a 21+ event only. Valid photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted.  All ticket sales are final.  Cruiseport Boston is located at 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, MA.  Parking is not available on-site but a garage is located nearby. Attendees are encouraged to take mass transportation, using the Silver Line.   Tickets and info at Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival.

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