Black Current Cider Prevails as Cider Category Winner
PORT ANGELES, Wash.— Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts – offers a host of outdoor activities and sustainable food options. Located in Chimacum, Finnriver Farm & Cidery was one of three recipients recognized at the 2015 Good Food Awards ceremony on January 8th at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
Fermented from organic Washington apples, Finnriver’s Black Currant Cider was the winning entry in the inaugural Cider Category. Cider entries were overseen by designated Cider Chair, Mike Reis, and were judged by a panel with a cider-specific methodology.
According to the organization, ‘The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.’
Regarding the growing cider revival across the country, Finnriver’s co-founder Crystie Kisler said upon receiving the award:
“In a remarkable resurgence, hard cider is the fastest growing category in the US beverage market and a revived cider culture is taking root across the country. This renaissance includes a great range of producers making cider in all manners, from the ancient to the innovative. A fermented apple, it turns out, can become many things depending on the variety and the method – from the sweet and sumptuous to the tart and tannic. Today's cider finalists at the Good Food Awards represent this range of approaches and tastes, and their submissions celebrate the versatility of this fantastic fruit as well as the wide geographic reach of the blossoming American cider community…Some cideries are reinvigorating old traditions, re-planting historic cider apples, and rediscovering age old pleasures, while some are fermenting with a fresh twist and blending with bold new ideas. At Finnriver, we are very grateful to the cidermasters who've come before and helped mentor a new generation of cidermakers and lovers. At its best, we hope our cider offers an honorable and joyful taste of earth's good fruits and that it connects folks back to life on the land, reminding us to be grateful and to take care.”
The Good Food Awards are hosted annually at the Awards Ceremony and Marketplace in San Francisco to honor the Good Food Award recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing agricultural landscape and building strong communities. Awards are given in 11 categories to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the US. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
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