Inaugural Cider Week GR Celebrates Michigan Cider Producers

The Michigan Cider Association (MCA), with support from Experience Grand Rapids, announces the inaugural Cider Week GR, April 17th to 22nd, 2017.

The week-long celebration brings hard cider makers from around the world to Michigan, the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., for industry events, an international cider competition, local tap takeovers, and a festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

Cider Week GR coincides with the world’s largest cider judging competition, the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). GLINTCAP features professional and amateur cider makers from more than three countries, competing for awards in 18 categories. The competition is closed to the public and runs April 19th to 22nd at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

The inaugural Cider Week GR culminates with the first-ever hard cider festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Saturday, April 22nd from 2pm to 7pm.

The festival features cider makers from around Michigan. Attendees will also enjoy a line-up of local music and food. The festival is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite:

More information about Cider Week GR events can be found at

Cider Week GR Highlights:

GLINTCAP Media Night – Thursday, April 20th, 7pm to 11pm at Vander Mill: Eric West from the Cider Guide and Mike Beck from Uncle John’s Cider Mill will discuss what GLINTCAP is and explain the styles of cider judged throughout the competitions. This is a public event.

Blue Bridge Cider FestivalSaturday, April 22nd, 2pm to 7pm

Live shots and interviews are available to the media. Contact Emily at or 616-350-2073 to arrange coverage.