ATASCADERO — Held at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on Aug. 10 with a brunch seminar inside the City Hall Rotunda on Aug. 11, the event was a partial benefit for the Woods Humane Society’s North County clinic.
According to organizers, a list of this year’s exhibitors included: Anna’s Cider, Black Hand Cellars Cider, Bristols, Farmhouse Wine & Cider Co., Golden State Cider, Gopher Glen Cider Co., Indigeny Reserve, Jean Marie Cidery, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Schilling Hard Cider, See Canyon Hard Cider, Sycamore Ranch Cider Works, Tin City Cider Co., Two Broads Ciderworks, and Work & Play.
The Central Coast Cider Association, made up of four of the region’s larger industry players, holds the event with, ‘a high tide raises all boats’ ethic to promote overall interest in the craft. Mostly California-based, the out-of-town cideries pouring represented a range from Hollister to Seattle, Wash., with as many unique taste profiles as could be managed.
While Nature’s Touch Nursery of Templeton supplied apples and pears for decor, along with fruit tree saplings - sold onsite for $50 apiece at the end of the event - not all ciders featured were apple-based.
Dry is in vogue with San Luis Obispo’s producer’s tending to compete in nuances and finish. For instance, Farmhouse Cider, produced in Paso Robles with a Cider Bar open last year in San Luis Obispo, struck out in a unique direction with an 8 percent ABV dry pluot cyser.
In all, there were seven local food vendors and 14 attending cider producers for 2019, a marked difference, said returning attendees, from previous years which were catered inside the Pavilion.
Perhaps due to the hiring of the San Luis Obispo-based agency, Big Red Marketing to organize the event for the Association, touches this year such as the addition of the outdoor food, games, and music from local favorites the Tipsy Gypsies spread out the event and cooled off the main venue before sunset.