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Cider Circus at Copper Mountain Resort celebrates Rocky Mountain ciders

Heather Jarvis
hjarvis@summitdaily.com

After a successful first year, Cider Circus returns to Copper Mountain Resort today. Serving up cider and beer from around 25 breweries, the event will feature free live music and aerial arts performances by Fractal Tribe out of Boulder. Headlining the event is Big Sam's Funky Nation from New Orleans.

The festival showcases ciders from Washington and Vermont and many from around the Colorado area.

"Colorado is a growing cider region, and the cider makers of Colorado or the Rocky Mountain region will tell you the characteristics of the apples grown there impact the flavor of the cider," said Stephanie Carson, director and media coordinator for SuperFly Fabulous Events, which is hosting the festival.

Cider University

With even more breweries signed on this year, organizers with SuperFly are also offering a new Cider University, presented by Cider Box. Several different classes, running from 1 to 4:30 p.m., will be hosted in conjunction with the festival on Jack's Bar deck.

"Cider University involves folks being able to sit down and take 30-minute classes on anything from cider cocktails to cider food pairings to just knowing what kind of cider to buy in the store," Carson said. "Cider University falls in line with what our overall goal has always been, which is to create a more educated consumer population in the area about how to pick a great cider and to understand there are some great regional ciders to enjoy, as well."

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The classes are included with festival entry, and guests can take as many or as few as they like.

While the event focuses on beverages of its namesake, there will also be craft beer available.

"We do that because there are folks (who) still don't care for cider, or maybe they don't think they care for cider," Carson said. "What I loved seeing last year was the number of people (who) came for the beer and left drinking more cider because they discovered there were styles they actually like."

First Pour ticket holders can enter an hour early from the rest of the crowd on Saturday, and Whole Foods will be sponsoring appetizers during the hour, as well as special tappings.

Children and leashed pets are welcome into the festival.

For entertainment, stilt walkers and aerial acrobatics from Boulder-based Fractal Tribe will return for the second year. Last year, MarchFourth! brought their large group of performers and dancers to the stage, and, this year, urban funk band Big Sam's Funky Nation will close out the evening with a performance from 4 to 6 p.m.

Team Summit will be the beneficiary of the event, and there will be nonalcoholic cider at the festival for kids.

"We're big skiers, and our children are on a ski race team, and we really believe in what that's done to build their character and self-confidence, and so we are really happy to be able to benefit the race team and the kids that participate in that," Carson said.

IF YOU GO …

What: Cider Circus.

When: Saturday, Aug. 27

1-6 p.m. — First Pour premier sampling

1-4 p.m. — DJ Landry

1-4:30 p.m. — Cider University

1-3:30 p.m. — Aerial show by Fractal Tribe out of Boulder

2-6 p.m. — Grand Tasting

4-6 p.m. — Free live music from Big Sam’s Funk Nation

6-8 p.m. — Dinner and after-party in village restaurants

7 p.m. — Copper Campfire and live music with Randell McKinnon, Center Village Fire Globe

8:30 p.m. — Fireworks over West Lake in Center Village

Where: Copper Mountain Resort.

Cost: Grand Tasting is $35 and First Pour is $50.

More information: Visit cidercircus.com to learn more and view a list of participating cider brewers.