The American Cider Association is pleased to announce that CiderCon® 2023 will take place in Chicago, IL, Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2023. With tours, tastings, educational workshops, demos and more, CiderCon’s Chicago homecoming is set to be an educational celebration of all things cider. Registration is now open.
After a four year hiatus, the return of CiderCon to Chicago has been much anticipated and the ACA has been working with folks on the ground in the Windy City to make the homecoming spectacular. This includes four exciting tour options: a look at Chicago’s history through the lens of taverns, a tour of the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago’s historical south side, a tour visiting three unique Chicago-based cideries and a cider and architecture tour featuring the stunning works of world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
A full range of educational sessions will cover topics of cider production, marketing, sales, branding, sensory evaluation, compliance, business strategy, orcharding and more. Speakers include Claude Jolicoeur (author of “Cider Planet”), Yann Gilles (cider and wine consultant from France), Lester Jones (chief economist from NBWA), Julie Rhodes (Not Your Hobby Marketing), Mary Mills (3 Tier Beverage), Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham (Brewers’ Association and Crafted for All), Elizabeth Ryan (Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider), Bryan Roth (Good Beer Hunting), Liz Garibay (Chicago Brewmuseum), Elizabeth Garofalo (Red Tomato Food Hub) and many more, plus new presenters joining every day.
“We have so many amazing sessions already lined up and others in the works,” said ACA Executive Director Michelle McGrath. “We’re emphasizing cider quality, terroir and retail strategy this year. It’s been rewarding to think about the impact of CiderCon on the industry, and to rise to the challenge of deepening that. CiderCon is very special and we’re committed to improving it every year.”
The extensive trade show, presented by longstanding ACA partner FruitSmart, will feature many beloved vendors excited for the return of CiderCon to Chicago and welcome several first-time vendors eager to join the cider community and meet conference attendees.
Tickets to CiderCon are just $425 for ACA members if booked by Oct. 22. After Oct. 22, member registration rates become $475. Public tickets are $725 for early registration and $775 after Oct. 22.
More information about the wide array of events and educational sessions being offered and registration can be found at ciderassociation.org/cidercon2023 and you can follow @cidercon on Twitter for the latest news. CiderCon is an ACA event produced with the generous support of our members and ACA’s premier sponsor, FruitSmart.