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October 2019 – Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

It’s everyone’s favorite month – Halloween, lots of candy, spooky movies cuddled up on the couch, and of course CIDER of every kind, especially the hard variety. Blue Toad Hard Cider is ready to celebrate October with you! We will be having events at our tasting rooms, cider houses, and across the areas of Rochester and Central Virginia.

Check back for updates throughout the month!

Central Virginia Area Events

Friday, October 4th – Harvest Fest Steal the Pint Night

It’s Harvest Fest Season! Get a pint of our delicious Harvest Fest Cider and steal the glass! Keep your collection going with this special series of glasses!

Saturdays, October 5th and October 19th – Apple Butter Makin’ Festival at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard

We will be making apple butter and pressing cider. There will be crafters, live music, food vendors, Corn Maze, PYO Pumpkins and LOTS of fresh, delicious apples to select from. Come on out!!

Saturday & Sunday, October 19th-20 – Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spend a sunny fall weekend on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront in Town Point Park, sampling a variety of over 200 wines from over 30 premier Virginia wineries! Feast on gourmet foods, shop from specialty merchants and enjoy live music at the most anticipated wine festival of the Fall season.

Sunday, October 27th – Yaymaker at Blue Toad Cider House, Waynesboro

Yaymaker events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get making! Instruction is provided by an expert host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied. Grab your friends to paint, plant, tinker, and build—and give your week something to shout about.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Monday, October 21st – Alcohol Ink: Abstract Florals

Explore alcohol ink and its application in painting to create a one of a kind floral print on Yupo paper. We’ll utilize inks to mimic the effect of watercolor in bold and vivid colors, as well as drawing and line work to emphasize the properties of a flower. Students will be experimenting with ink application and will leave with a basic understanding of how to further pursue the medium. Print includes a professional matte package to fit on an 11”x14” frame. Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a favorite floral to be inspired by!

Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-8:15pm.

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September 2019 Blue Toad Hard Cider Events

Hello September! The month for apples, pumpkins, and cider of any variety. We can’t wait to celebrate a new school year and the start of everyone’s favorite season with you.

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Central Virginia Area Events

Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day at the Cider Farm!

Celebrate all of your hard work this year with Blue Toad Hard Cider. We will have cider floats (and soda floats for the kids) plus live music from 2-5pm.

Labor Day and End of Summer Celebration in Waynesboro

If you’re in Waynesboro, stop by our Cider House for cider floats, soda floats and live music between 3-6pm.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Thursday, September 5th – Flight Night Tap Takeover

Eli Fish Brewing Company in Batavia invites Blue Toad Hard Cider for a tap takeover featuring Flower City Blonde, ROC Hard Amber, Orange Crush and Harvest Fest. The event takes place between 5-11pm.

Sunday, September 22nd – CiderFest Train Rides

The Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum hosts CiderFest Train Rides 2019. Join us and local cideries for train rides and cider tastings. Ages 21 and over only.

Monday, September 23rd – Brush Calligraphy

Come learn the basics of brush calligraphy while enjoying a pint of Blue Toad Hard Cider. Anna Vos will teach how to perfect your calligraphy an the tools to find your own style.

Monday, September 30th – Alcohol Ink: Elephant Prints

Laura Cott will help you experiment with ink application and watercolor all while enjoying Blue Toad Hard Cider.

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, August 2019

The end of summer blues are upon us, but we are determined to make this summer last! Join us for some fun in the sun in Central Virginia and the Rochester area.

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Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, August 31st – Bask’n at Basic – A Bask’n Outdoor Local Micro-Music Event

Mini local music Festival with Craft Beer, Craft Cider, Craft Kombucha, Pig Pickn. Serving food with Basic City Brewery from 12-10pm.

July through December – Join THE CORE Mug Club

Join our exclusive membership club – The Core Mug Club. With your membership, you receive a tumbler, a free pint when you sign up, on your birthday, on your half birthday, free pint per month and free cider release pint. We have weekly and monthly specials, 15% off merchandise, growler fills and can packs. You also receive discounts on all pints and so much more! Join today at our Waynesboro location.

Rochester, New York Area Events

Friday, August 2nd – Orange Crush Floats

Orange floats with our Orange Crush cider in a souvenir glass, day now more! Good while supplies last 😎. At our Henrietta tasting room from 4-7pm.

Friday, August 2nd – Buffalo Brewfest

Blue Toad will be pouring at the Buffalo Brewfest on Friday August 2 from 5-9:30pm at Buffalo Riverworks. Tickets are now on sale! All proceeds will benefit Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center!

Monday, August 5th & Monday, August 26th – Menu Planning: From Everyday to Entertaining

Do you need more ideas for meals through the week, or fun things to serve for parties? This is the class for you! We will go through meal planning/prepping for daily meals, how to pair flavors, and what’s awesome for entertaining. Students will leave with recipes and lots of new ideas! Snacks will be provided to enjoy during class. Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Tuesday, August 6th – You’ll Leave This Room With Three Funny Jokes

Join us for a fast-paced intensive crash course in joke writing! Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

Saturday, August 10th – Beertavia

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be pouring at the 5th Annual Beertavia Craft Brew Fest from 3-6pm.

August 14, 15, 21 & 31 – Limited Edition Steal the Pint: Orange Crush

Our Orange Crush will be on tap at Bill Gray’s Chili (Aug. 14), The Beer Market Rochester (Aug. 15), Bill Gray’s Port of Rochester (Aug. 21), and Bill Gray’s North Greece Road (Aug. 31). It’s your chance to grab a seasonal limited edition pint glass.

Friday, August 16th – Flour City Brew Fest 2019

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be pouring at the Flour City Brew Fest from 6-9pm.

Sunday, August 18th – Cider & Food Pairing: Backyard BBQ

Join us at our place from 11:30am-12:30pm where we will provide the cider and Lulu’s will provide twists on some classic BBQ favorites!    

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, July 2019

Happy Birthday America! Help us celebrate this red, white and blue month with Blue Toad Hard Cider events. From holiday celebrations to seasonal launch parties, we can’t wait to see you around in July!

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Central Virginia Area Events

Wednesday, July 3rd – Red, White and Blue Toad July 3rd

We are open on July 3rd, so stop on by and start your holiday early. We will be serving soda and cider floats for $5! Your favorite soda or your favorite cider with a scoop of ice cream.

Thursday, July 4th – Red, White and Blue Toad July 4th

Open from 11am-7pm on July 4th to help you celebrate our nation’s birthday! We will be serving soda and cider floats for just $5.

Saturday, July 20th – Second Annual Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Park

The Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike Farm Market is one of a kind as it exclusively features Virginia cideries! With 18 participating cideries and over 50 hard craft ciders to choose from, we can guarantee that you will find a favorite – or two! All proceeds benefit Mercy House. For information on tickets click here.  

Rochester, New York Area Events

 

Monday, July 8th – Brush Calligraphy

Come learn the basics of hand lettering with brush-style pens! This class will teach the building blocks of brush calligraphy. We will cover technique and letter shapes so you can learn to make beautiful works of art you can keep or give as gifts. Students go home with practice sheets, a few styles of brush pens to keep practicing with, and the tools to find their own style!

Please note: This ticket includes one glass of cider for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 10th – Orange Crush Cider Release

We think summer ciders should be crushable! Our Orange Crush is semi-sweet, fizzy cider made with both orange essence and orange peels to invigorate each pour with a citrus flavor and fragrance. A refreshing session cider will have you enjoying every last bit of summer and your sunny brunches. Join us at our tasting room from 5-9pm to help us launch this seasonal favorite.

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The Second Annual Taste of Nelson!

After a successful event last year, we are returning with all of our favorite Nelson County flavors to celebrate our county the best way we know how!

Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer, the 2nd Annual Taste of Nelson! Craft Beer & Cider, Wine, Locally Sourced Food, Games, Music, Crafts & More. The event will be held at the home of Blue Toad Hard Cider and High View Farm, at the base of Wintergreen Resort. The event will be a combination of indoors, outdoors, fully shaded, and air conditioned spaces.

Nelson County Partners: Bold Rock Cidery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Mountain Grill, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Virginia Vinegar, and Blue Ridge Trail are some of the amazing Nelson County partners you can mingle with!

VIP Sponsor: Tiger Fuel Company and The Markets will provide delicious food and beverages inside the air conditioned event space!

Music:

12pm-2pm Bennie Dodd

2pm-5pm Chamomile and Whiskey

After the party, there’s the after party! We will be partying until 8pm with HoboJac! Enjoy pints and flights while you unwind and listen to great local music!


VIP Admission: $50 11am – 5pm

*Includes 1 hour early entry, VIP area all day, food, tasting glass, unlimited beer, cider, wine tastings, and live music

General Admission: $30 12pm – 5pm

*Includes tasting glass, unlimited beer, cider & wine tastings, and live music

Designated Driver: $15 12pm – 5pm

*Includes tasting glass and live music

Pints, glasses of wine, and food available for purchase

**No pets allowed for this event***

***No outside food or beverage allowed***

Check out our partners offering safe rides!

Brew Ridge Tours

Cville Hop On Tours

VIP booking

General Admission booking

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, June 2019

How is it already June?! Where is this year going?! June marks the beginning of summer and we can’t wait to share our iced cold hard cider with you. We are hosting lots of fun events this summer in Virginia and New York, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

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Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, June 1st – Pop Up Tiki Bar with 106 Grilled Food Truck

Join us and 106 Grilled Food Truck on Saturday from 11-8pm for our Pop Up Tiki Bar event. Great food, great views, great cider. See you at the Cider Farm.

Saturday, June 29th – 2Snd Annual Taste of Nelson 

Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer, the 2nd Annual Taste of Nelson! Craft Beer & Cider, Wine, Locally Sourced Food, Games, Music, Crafts & More. The event will be held at the home of Blue Toad Hard Cider and High View Farm, at the base of Wintergreen Resort. The event will be a combination of indoors, outdoors, fully shaded, and air conditioned spaces. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Facebook page. We will also be offering a Hop On Bus Tour from IX Art Park to our cidery that day. More information on that can be found here.  

Rochester, New York Area Events

Saturday, June 1st – 2nd Annual NYK Craft Brew and BBQ Fest

Blue Toad Hard Cider will be participating in the second annual NYK Craft Brew and BBQ Fest at New York Kitchen in Canandaigua from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June 1st. Enjoy unlimited samplings of craft beers and ciders from your favorite New York State brewers while you enjoy live music by Banned from the Tavern and Dos Locos. You’ll also get access to some of the best BBQ food in the area – Marty’s Meats and the NYK Food Truck will be available to purchase from.

Friday, June 7th – History on Tap

Blue Toad will be on Tap at the Genesee Country Museum for History on Tap! A happy hour set in the historic village. Travel through time with us from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Sunday, June 9th – Pure Craft Series: Cheese the Day

Lulu’s Kitchen will be serving starting at 12:30pm at Blue Toad’s tasting room in Henrietta. Join us for Lulu’s and Blue Toad’s second food and cider pairings, this time starring cheese!

Thursday, June 13th – Steal the Pint Night at Bourbon & Burger Co.

Bourbon & Burger Co. in Batavia will be hosting a Blue Toad Steal the Pint Night starting at 7pm. Keep the pint glass when you purchase any Blue Toad pint!    

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Vote Blue Toad Hard Cider Best of Cville!

It’s that time of year again, Charlottesvillians! C-VILLE Magazine is asking the public who YOU think is truly the best of CVille and Blue Toad Hard Cider has been nominated as Best Cidery. We appreciate the love and we are so happy to have made it as a finalist. Please vote for Blue Toad as your favorite cider! And while you’re there clicking around, be sure to spend some time voting for your other favorite people, place and things in Charlottesville. You can vote here! You can only vote one time, and voting runs through June 21st! Winners will be announced in the Best of C-VILLE Magazine on stands August 28th!
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The End of the School Year & Memorial Day at Blue Toad

The end of May brings lot of excitement around Central Virginia. Our brothers and sisters up north are still counting down until the end of June, but down here, school’s out for the summer! We can’t wait to spend our summer with you and what better way to kick summer vacation than a BOGO pint night at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Bring a picnic and your family, we will provide the cider.

The best part? It’s also the start of Memorial Day weekend, and we will be open all weekend long. On Friday, we will be open until 7pm. Saturday from 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, and Monday from 11am-5pm.

The weather is looking fantastic, and we’ve got great views for you to enjoy! Spend the start of summer with us.

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Blue Toad Hard Cider Events, May 2019

May means spring seasonals, craft beverage shows, and of course, the Lilac Festival. Join us at the below events in the month of May!

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Central Virginia Area Events

Saturday, May 11th – Know Good Beer & Spirits Spring Festival

Join us at IX Art Park for the spring Know Good Beer & Spirits Festival. We will be joined dozens of other local breweries, cideries and wineries for you to sample. Tickets include unlimited 2-4oz samples, live music and lots of fun. Enjoy a discount when you buy two or more tickets.

Sunday, May 12th – Mother’s Day at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Blue Toad Hard Cider, 106 Street Food and Jacob Allen! 106 Street Food will be here all day serving their delicious food, Jacob Allen will be playing music from 2-5. All Mom’s will get a special treat!

Saturday, May 18th – EPIC Fest Beer & Wine Festival

Join the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee for the second annual EPIC Fest Beer and Wine Festival on May 18, 2019 from 11am -7pm. Beer selections will include MillerCoors products, Blue Ridge Beverage, The Friendly Fermenter, Blue Toad Hard Cider and Stable Craft Brewing. Brix and Columns Vineyard and Castle Vineyard. Grab your tickets today!

2019 James Beazell Wintergreen Ascent

Join or watch cyclist on the James Beazell Ascent at Wintergreen Resort. There will be a block party for families to enjoy the event and eat great food, drink great cider and watch the cyclists finish. Find out more on Wintergreen’s website.

Saturday, May 25th – ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival

Massanutten Resort will host the ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. There will be live music, food, shopping and lots of great wine and beer to taste!

Rochester, New York Area Events

Wednesday, May 1st – Sun Chaser Release

Our newest seasonal cider has it’s sights set on longer days and warmer nights. We think nothing says Summer quite like lemonade. Sun Chaser is a Raspberry Lemonade cider that is light, dry and refreshing. This citrus forward session sour is paired best with your favorite seat and the sunset. Join us for the release party at our Henrietta tasting room on Wednesday from 5-9pm.

Saturday, May 18th – Rails & Ales

All aboard for Rails & Ales! Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. There will be dozens of other breweries and cideries available for tasting. Trains depart every half-hour taking you to tasting stations at both ends of the ride where you will enjoy complimentary tastings from more than a dozen local craft breweries. Tour our museum grounds and visit New York State’s largest collection of historic trains. Grab your tickets today.

Saturday, May 18th – Craft Beer Expo at the Lilac Festival

The 5th Annual Craft Beer Expo at the Lilac Festival will take place from noon to 8:30pm on May 18th. Join Blue Toad Hard Cider and dozens of other local breweries and cideries!  

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Easter Funday at Blue Toad Hard Cider Virginia

The weather is warm. The sun is in the sky. And the Easter Bunny hops across the world to deliver goodies to children while they sleep. We want in on that fun!

In Virginia, we will be hosting Easter Funday on Sunday, April 14th. Join us for a family friendly day at Blue Toad Hard Cider! Enjoy CiderMosas, cider tastings and pints all day long! Pancakes in the morning, Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, and games!

  • 10:00am-11:00am – All you can eat pancakes $5.00/pp (Gluten Free upon request) All you can drink fresh apple cider and orange juice $1.50
  • 11:00am-11:30am – Easter Egg Hunt
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – The Easter bunny will be hopping around for you to take family photos

Stay after the festivities to play on our playground, enjoy some cider and the scenery! Pets always welcome.

We will also be open on Easter Sunday! Stop by as a part of your celebration. We have our flagship flavors as well as Orange Crush and Blueberry on tap!