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The Cidery/Winery COMEDY TOUR at Albemarle CiderWorks
The Cidery/Winery COMEDY TOUR at Albemarle CiderWorks

After the year we've all had...you deserve a drink...and a laugh!

Join us Thursday, November 4th as we partner with Herron Comedy to bring you a lineup of stellar comedians from across the country! Don't miss your chance to rub shoulders (figuratively speaking, of course) with entertainers whose credits include festivals, major clubs, and even television appearances!

Gather the entire family and enjoy a night of laughs in the Orchard. Come early for a cider tasting or enjoy a glass of your favorite throughout the show.

Advance tickets are on sale now! Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 space permitting.

More about Herron Comedy:

Top-notch #comedians traveling the country in crews of 2-4 comedians performing seven nights a week in 48 states.
Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 1500 #breweries and #wineries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and L.A. stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews, and providing the finest and funniest in #comedy entertainment.

This stop is set to feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV, and major club appearances. This comedy tour takes top comedians who you've seen on TV and sends them out on the road to perform at breweries throughout the country. Find out what local #cider pairs best with hysterical laughter!

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
 
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes

The only thing better than morning yoga…is morning yoga in the orchard! Let the serenity of the mountain air and the peace of the orchard views revitalize your body and prepare you for the day. 

Join us Fridays at 9:45 am for Yoga in the Orchard taught by Joanna Hughes of Batesville. Joanna is a registered nurse who has been practicing yoga for 27 years. She has completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and has recently combined her knowledge of yoga and nursing in her pursuit to become a health and wellness counselor.

Friday’s series will be friendly to all ages and experience levels. Classes will take place in our Orchard Room with beautiful 180-degree views of the mountains and Orchard. Students will also have access to the tasting room for changing rooms/restrooms. Water will be available before and after class and the tasting room will open to guests as soon as you finish your last Savasana. 

Need to get to work? Grab an apple and be on your way…or play hooky and stay the day! Either way, we hope to see you on the mat!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

BOOK A CLASS

*in the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved indoors to the Orchard Room

9:45 am to 11:00 am
 
21st Annual Harvest Festival
21st Annual Harvest Festival

We are excited to invite you to join us on November 6th for our 21st Annual Apple Harvest Festival!

Rain or Shine: Join us for one of the most anticipated festivals of autumn, the Apple Harvest Festival hosted by the CoveGarden Ruritans and Albemarle CiderWorks!

Find many of your favorite farmers' market vendors, local artisans, and craftsmen demonstrating their skills. Enjoy Brunswick stew and apple butter or grab some to go.* Dig your teeth into a variety of apples and taste an array of CiderWorks' fine sparkling ciders. Dance the afternoon away with live music from local bands like the C'ville Jazz Congregation, and take a hayride around the mountain. 

RSVP HERE FOR UPDATES

Drive Thru Stew & Apple Butter

Not comfortable in a crowd? Drive-thru Brunswick stew and apple butter will be available for a limited time. All proceeds go directly to the CoveGarden Ruritans Club. Visit shop.albemarleciderworks.com/Festival to place your pre-order. Pre-orders will be accepted through Nov 2, 2021.

Entertainment

- Hayrides over the mountainside, all-day

- Live Music Schedule:

Apple Pie Contest

Enter a pie into the Apple Pie Contest. Entries must be made by 11:30 am the day of the festival. The first-place winner receives a $100 gift certificate from Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks. The judging panel will be comprised of local food luminaries, so bring your A-game!

Details for the Apple Pie Contest:

Please email fruit@albemarleciderworks.com to preregister. Put "Pie Contest" in the subject line, give your name, phone number, and why you want to enter, or a little background about your recipe/method.

All entries should be turned in to the events tent by 11:30 on the day of the festival.

Once entered into the contest, the pie will become the property of the CoveGarden Ruritan club to be sold by the piece after the contest. Proceeds will go to their charitable efforts.

Each entry should be accompanied by a card with a name, phone number, and recipe (including crust ingredients and what varieties of apples were used).

All pies should be in a disposable pie tin.

Winners will be announced at 12:30, prizes will be awarded in person or via email.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 
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Trivia in the Orchard
Trivia in the Orchard

Trivia in the Orchard is back on! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming events.

Come join the socially-distanced fun at our Trivia Night with Trivia Master, Andy Marshall. Test out your knowledge of history, pop culture, and of course, cider!

To make this a safe event for everyone involved-
  • Reservations are encouraged. Reserve your table by calling 434-297-2326 or making a reservation for that evening at www.albemarleciderworks.com/visit
  • All answers will be submitted via text message.
  • Groups are limited to 8 people.
Cider and select non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes

The only thing better than morning yoga…is morning yoga in the orchard! Let the serenity of the mountain air and the peace of the orchard views revitalize your body and prepare you for the day. 

Join us Fridays at 9:45 am for Yoga in the Orchard taught by Joanna Hughes of Batesville. Joanna is a registered nurse who has been practicing yoga for 27 years. She has completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and has recently combined her knowledge of yoga and nursing in her pursuit to become a health and wellness counselor.

Friday’s series will be friendly to all ages and experience levels. Classes will take place in our Orchard Room with beautiful 180-degree views of the mountains and Orchard. Students will also have access to the tasting room for changing rooms/restrooms. Water will be available before and after class and the tasting room will open to guests as soon as you finish your last Savasana. 

Need to get to work? Grab an apple and be on your way…or play hooky and stay the day! Either way, we hope to see you on the mat!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

BOOK A CLASS

*in the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved indoors to the Orchard Room

9:45 am to 11:00 am
 
Cider & Chocolate Pairing w/ Taylor Made Chocolate
Cider & Chocolate Pairing w/ Taylor Made Chocolate What is the best way to experience cider? With food! In this case...with dessert! Join us for an afternoon of culinary discovery with our friends at Taylor Made Chocolate. Try one-of-a-kind truffles created using two of our ciders; Cidermaker's Choice #6 and Old Virginia Winesap. Learn the ins and outs of truffle making and food pairing directly from the experts. The pairing will be served as a flight and Taylor Made will be set up in the Orchard Room from 2-5pm. Truffles will also be available for purchase in 4-pack gift sets.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
 
Live Music: Old Soul Duo
Live Music: Old Soul Duo

Jon Spear and Dara James – also known as Old Soul – are a pair of award-winning singer/songwriters who use their formidable guitar, harmonica and vocal skills to perform a variety of songs in the blues, folk, and classic rock genres along with, of course, original songs.  In 2019 the pair competed in the prestigious 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis where they were semi-finalists.

Reservations are encouraged if you'd like a table. Otherwise, bring some chairs or a blanket and stake out a spot.

  • Because we are mostly outside, music is weather dependent. Please check our Facebook page for up to date information.
  • Leashed pets allowed outside.
  • Light snacks and hard cider are available for purchase.
  • Outside food is allowed; feel free to bring a picnic.
  • Our ABC license only allows for consumption of alcoholic beverages purchased at ACW.
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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Cider-Sangria Sundays
Cider-Sangria Sundays Celebrate the Kick-Off of Virginia Cider Week with a beverage staple: the cocktail. Don't miss this chance to add a new cider-centric beverage to your mixology toolbelt. We've developed a slew of Cider Sangrias to excite your tastebuds. From mimosas to craft creations, there is something for every palate. This Week's Menu:
  • Cider-mosa
  • Pomme-Pom Mary
Sangrias will be available for purchase by the glass all day or until we sell out!
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
 
2nd Sunday Irish Music
2nd Sunday Irish Music

Enjoy this energetic and eclectic Irish jam session at Albemarle CiderWorks, every 2nd Sunday of the month: Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends play their fine renditions of traditional tunes from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Reservations are encouraged if you'd like a table. Otherwise, bring some chairs or a blanket and stake out a spot.

  • Because we are mostly outside, music is weather dependent.
  • Leased pets are allowed outside.
  • Light snacks and hard cider are available for purchase.
  • Outside food is allowed; feel free to bring a picnic.
  • Our ABC license only allows for consumption of alcoholic beverages purchased at ACW. Thank you for your consideration.
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
 
 
 
 
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes

The only thing better than morning yoga…is morning yoga in the orchard! Let the serenity of the mountain air and the peace of the orchard views revitalize your body and prepare you for the day. 

Join us Fridays at 9:45 am for Yoga in the Orchard taught by Joanna Hughes of Batesville. Joanna is a registered nurse who has been practicing yoga for 27 years. She has completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and has recently combined her knowledge of yoga and nursing in her pursuit to become a health and wellness counselor.

Friday’s series will be friendly to all ages and experience levels. Classes will take place in our Orchard Room with beautiful 180-degree views of the mountains and Orchard. Students will also have access to the tasting room for changing rooms/restrooms. Water will be available before and after class and the tasting room will open to guests as soon as you finish your last Savasana. 

Need to get to work? Grab an apple and be on your way…or play hooky and stay the day! Either way, we hope to see you on the mat!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

BOOK A CLASS

*in the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved indoors to the Orchard Room

9:45 am to 11:00 am
 
Virginia Cider Smackdown: Hewes Crab
Virginia Cider Smackdown: Hewes Crab NOW A LATE-NIGHT EVENT! Smackdown is back...and it's better than ever! Spend the afternoon sniffing, swirling, and sipping your way through a blind tasting of single varietal Hewes Crab ciders from around Virginia.
  • Who will win the title of Smackdown Champion? 
  • Albemarle CiderWorks
  • Big Fish Cider
  • Blue Bee Cider
  • Potter's Craft Cider
  • Sage Bird Ciderworks
  • Troddenvale at Oakley Farm
YOUR VOTE WILL DECIDE! Space is limited, please email fruit@albemarleciderworks.com to make reservations. Tickets are available at the door at $10/person
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
 
Cider & Charcuterie
Cider & Charcuterie Nothing pairs with cider like a cheese and charcuterie board. The trick to an exciting experience is variety (and of course some rudimentary design skills to make your board Insta-worthy).We've partnered with Kaas & Cure Board Co...and they've done all the hard work for you! Join us for a day of cider, cheese, and charcuterie carefully selected to create a culinary symphony.
  • Tickets will be $25 and available for purchase the day of
  • The curated tasting will include a cheese flight paired with 4 ciders
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
 
Live Music in the Orchard: Ragged Mountain String Band
Live Music in the Orchard: Ragged Mountain String Band High energy old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, impassioned songs of life, love, lust, loss, and a lot more from the mountains of the Virginias and Carolinas. The fine gentlemen of Ragged Mountain String Band are heading our way! Join us for some of the finest pickin' and singin' this side of the Blue Ridge.
  • Light bites and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, or flight.
  •  Outside food is welcome; feel free to bring a picnic!
  •  ABC laws prohibit the consumption of outside alcoholic beverages

Reservations are encouraged if you'd like to secure a table. Otherwise, we welcome you to bring chairs or blankets and claim your spot on the lawn!

RESERVE A TABLE TODAY!

*Music is weather-dependent.
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
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Live Music in the Orchard: Melissa Hansen
Live Music in the Orchard: Melissa Hansen

Grab a glass and join us for an afternoon of live music by Melissa Hansen!

Melissa Hansen's music is a blend of blues, pop, country and soul that comes from her own life experiences. Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, her songs reflect years of musical experience and immersion.

Reservations are encouraged if you'd like to secure a table. Otherwise, we welcome you to bring chairs or blankets and claim your spot on the lawn!

MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE 

  • Light bites and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, or flight.
  • Outside food is welcome; feel free to bring a picnic!
  • ABC laws prohibit the consumption of outside alcoholic beverages

*Music is weather-dependent. 

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
 
 
 
Closed for Thanksgiving
Closed for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  Albemarle CiderWorks will be closed Thursday, 11/26. If you need cider for your own Thanksgiving celebrations, check out our retailers here.

We are open regular hours the rest of the week.

(All day)
 
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes
Yoga in the Orchard with Joanna Hughes

The only thing better than morning yoga…is morning yoga in the orchard! Let the serenity of the mountain air and the peace of the orchard views revitalize your body and prepare you for the day. 

Join us Fridays at 9:45 am for Yoga in the Orchard taught by Joanna Hughes of Batesville. Joanna is a registered nurse who has been practicing yoga for 27 years. She has completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and has recently combined her knowledge of yoga and nursing in her pursuit to become a health and wellness counselor.

Friday’s series will be friendly to all ages and experience levels. Classes will take place in our Orchard Room with beautiful 180-degree views of the mountains and Orchard. Students will also have access to the tasting room for changing rooms/restrooms. Water will be available before and after class and the tasting room will open to guests as soon as you finish your last Savasana. 

Need to get to work? Grab an apple and be on your way…or play hooky and stay the day! Either way, we hope to see you on the mat!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

BOOK A CLASS

*in the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved indoors to the Orchard Room

9:45 am to 11:00 am
 
Live Music: Bomar and Ritter
Live Music: Bomar and Ritter

Spend an afternoon at Albemarle CiderWorks with folk duo Bomar and Ritter.

Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter met in 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee and since then have been performing their brand of contemporary folk /pop music. Combining a list of strong originals and cover tunes, they have become known for their special blend of vocal harmony, intricate guitar arrangements and easygoing stage manner.

Reservations are encouraged if you'd like a table. Otherwise, bring some chairs or a blanket and stake out a spot.

  • Because we are mostly outside, music is weather dependent. Please check our Facebook page for up to date information.
  • Leashed pets allowed outside.
  • Light snacks and hard cider are available for purchase.
  • Outside food is allowed; feel free to bring a picnic.
  • Our ABC license only allows for consumption of alcoholic beverages purchased at ACW.
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
 
 
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Live Music in the Orchard: Tara Mills
Live Music in the Orchard: Tara Mills

Grab a glass and join us for live music by Tara Mills!

Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as, "original mountain americana;" an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana.

Writing and singing most of her life, it wasn't long before Tara picked up a guitar and taught herself how to express the melodies in her head through her songs and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Influenced by bluegrass, old country, and traditional mountain folk, she creates an original sound that captures true human feeling and emotion.

Based out of Charlottesville, VA, Tara plays and writes in a couple of different musical projects.

 Reservations are encouraged if you'd like to secure a table. Otherwise, we welcome you to bring chairs or blankets and claim your spot on the lawn!

MAKE A RESERVATION HERE

  • Light bites and hard cider will be available for purchase by the glass, bottle, or flight.
  • Outside food is welcome; feel free to bring a picnic!
  • ABC laws prohibit the consumption of outside alcoholic beverages

*Music is weather-dependent.

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm