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Alongside the 4th annual California Cider Competition, featuring California Grown ciders, we welcome ciders made with fruit and juice from elsewhere to the 3rd annual Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition (MASICC)! In the grand tradition of county fairs, MASICC also includes Enthusiast Divisions.

Be sure to check out our 2017 winners!

The Grand Tasting of award-winning ciders will be presented during the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, giving fairgoers the golden opportunity to taste award-winning flights. Cider producers will also be on hand to consult about apples and cidermaking.

Saturday, September 16th: 1pm to 5pm

Sunday, September 17th: 12pm to 4pm


In addition to the this quality beverage sampling, the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show also boasts free apple tasting with over 50 different varieties of apples to sample. Stroll through the amazing apple displays that attest to the creativity of the area's apple history. Bring your 'applehead' (Boonting for girlfriend), get ready for some great cider!


Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition

The MASICC was introduced in 2015 to include ciders made from apples, juice or concentrate from around the world!

These competitions also offer a great opportunity to connect with media, industry buyers and tastemakers, and share the world of cider with them. On top of it all, you can introduce the public to new ciders, new cider styles and the cidermakers who craft them!

Not a Commercial Cidermaker?

Non-commercial entries are also accepted from cider enthusiasts. Some may call this the 'amateur' division but we know better! You're welcome to join the fun and celebrate what amazing ciders you produce.

  • Hard Cider, Enthusiast Local: Produced by a resident of Humbolt, Lake, Mendocino, or Sonoma Counties. 
  • Hard Cider, Enthusiast Open: Produced by a resident of all other California counties. 

All noncommercial entries must be sent in bottles free of permanent labels or markings to ensure the blindness of the judging. They will be poured at judging tables and identified only by registration number.

California Cider Competition

Connect with a real California orchard through award winning California Grown ciders.

Did you know that terroir focused fruit-forward cider is all about the apples? In the dawn of a cider renaissance spreading across the country, craft beverage enthusiasts can look to the state's only California terroir focused competition. 

The California Cider Competition attracts the best ciders made from apples grown in California orchards. Hosted by California’s one and only Apple Show at the Mendocino County Fair, this annual competition offers consumers a way to connect with award-winning cidermakers and learn about apples and terroir.

This competition was instituted in 2014 as a way to recognize the craft and dedication of California cidermakers who are bottling excellence. Cider is produced like wine, but made from apples. The influence of terroir (soils, topography, and climate) have a dramatic affect on the apples and the cider. 

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