California Cider Competition
California Cider Competition

Welcome to Cider Competition Central!

More to Taste with Two Competitions.

Alongside the 3rd annual California Cider Competition, featuring California Grown ciders, we welcome ciders made with fruit and juice from elsewhere to the 2nd annual Mendocino Apple Show (and now) International Cider Competition (MASICC)!  In the grand tradition of county fairs, MASICC also includes Enthusiast Divisions open to California residents.

Judging will be held August 29th and 30, 2016. Once the honors have been awarded the public can enjoy the Grand Tasting of award-winning ciders during the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, September 17th and 18th, where visitors will be able to taste award-winning flights on both Saturday and Sunday! Cider producers will also be on hand to consult about apples and cidermaking.

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.


California Cider Competition

Connect with a real California orchard through a glass of award winning California Grown cider.

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 actually crafted from 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 California Grown cidermakers working with fruit grown in heritage California orchards. 

The California Cider Competition was instituted in 2014 as a way to recognize the craft and dedication of California cidermakers who are bottling excellence. Cider is essentially a 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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Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition

While the California Cider Competition is for cider made from apples grown in California, the MASICC was introduced in 2015 to include ciders made from apples and juice from anywhere!

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 cidermakes who craft them!

Not a Commercial Cidermaker?

No problem! Non-commercial entries are also accepted from California cider enthusiasts. Some may call this the 'amateur' division but we know better! You're welcome to join the fun with this a great way to 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.

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