The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) proudly sponsored CiderCon 2018, an annual conference for cider makers from all over the world. Held this year in Baltimore January 29-30, conference attendees spent the first day touring cideries in the region. The Frederick County tour was sold out and included visits to Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Maryland’s first cidery, as well as Red Shedman Farm Brewery and Willow Oaks Craft Cider & Wine.
The new partnership with the United States Association of Cider Markers helped to boost Frederick County’s position as a leader in craft beverages. The new Frederick County craft beverages logo could be seen for the first time all over the conference’s marketing materials throughout the four-day event. OED’s Katie Albaugh, Agriculture Business Development Specialist, was invited to present to the group during the tour.
“As a first time conference attendee, I heard great feedback from cider makers from all over the world about Frederick County’s cideries and their products. I even heard a few of them mention Frederick County’s breweries and other wineries,” said Katie Albaugh. “Our craft beverage and cider producers are setting the bar high among their peers.”
CiderCon was created to effect positive changes in cider making, cider fruit production, the cider market and cider regulations. The conference is an opportunity for the cider community to gather, share ideas, collaborate and learn. CiderCon also allows cider producers to meet their industry colleagues to exchange ideas on best practices, innovations and trends. For more information about CiderCon, please visit www.ciderassociation.org.