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Cider Swig Returns for its Best Year Yet!

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Enjoy incredible drink, food, entertainment and fun on September 24 By Jillian Chandler

Cider Swig Returns

“While we’ve kept in touch with our cidermakers and worked together to help make cider happen through ‘pick-up events’ over the past two years, there is no replacement for a live festival where all dimensions of human connections happen,” shares Julie Ann Gustanski, president emeritus and CEO for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

Cider Swig returns in-person Saturday, September 24, noon to 6pm at LeMay - America's Car Museum. Showcasing more than 130 Northwest ciders, as well as wine, mead, beer and other regionally crafted libations, Cider Swig was born out of a commitment to community and the environment—and the love for local flavor! Cider Swig is your opportunity to connect directly with the makers.

Over the years, Cider Swig has grown to become Washington’s largest one-day cider-centered event—entirely planned and executed by an all-volunteer team!

“Beyond sharing cider and other handcrafted sips with the masses, Cider Swig highlights our region’s agricultural heritage, reinforces community friendships, promotes local businesses, agricultural and environmental organizations, and showcases regional talent through the days,” affirms Julie.

The festival also features live music and entertainment, award-winning curbside cuisine from local food trucks, the return of the Apple Pie Contest, and new competitions like Hammerschlagen, Apfelweinkrug (cider-stein) holding, keg toss, and the Cornhole Pit in the Cider Swig Midway.

This year’s event features an incredible musical lineup: Spare Thyme, The Apollo Trio, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joint, and The Shy Boys.

Local food trucks will be dishing up their delicious cuisine throughout the event: Arnold’s Happy Days, Boss Mama Kitchen, Pie Bar, Polish Cuisine on Wheels NW, Smokin Robinson's BBQ, Starvin Marvins Hot Dogs, and Uncle Mike's Filipino Comfort Food.

Get your tickets today to attend the 2022 Cider Swig! Visit

Proceeds from the Cider Swig have helped to fund more than $200,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies for environmental education, stewardship, restoration and conservation programs and projects in the KGI watershed.

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