The first taste of fall: Autumn Cider Festival & Tasting class on October 6

photo 2(3)Last week I was lucky enough to preview a fantastic fall event, the LaSalle and Trio Restaurant Groups inaugural Autumn Cider Festival. Beverage Director and all-around charming guy, Jim Santangelo has selected some of the finest hard ciders to be paired with each chef’s special fall creations – available from September 17 through the end of October. Participating restaurants include: Current Fish & Oyster, Under Current Bar, Fresco Italian Café, Café Trio Cottonwood, Café Trio Downtown, Oasis Café, Caffé Niche and Kyoto.

photo 3(2)I tried the special cider pairing for Current Fish & Oyster and was totally impressed! The Mint Stinger (that’s right, a mint-flavored apple cider!) from local favorite, The Hive Winery paired with a fresh oyster was a fun combination of flavors.

photo 3(1)I was so smitten, I took two photos of the tasty combination.

Along with the Autumn Cider Festival, there is a proper tasting class. I learned a lot at the preview. We tasted eight different ciders and I was surprised that each one was so unique. I was especially impressed with the Stella Artois Cidre – it was refreshing and flavorful.

photo 1(3)Santangelo and Under Current Bar’s general manager Amy Eldredge will offer a “Autumn Cider Tasting and Class” on Friday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Under Current Bar. It’s totally reasonably priced – just $20 for cider pairings and $15 for food from Executive Chef Logen Crew. RSVPs are required and can be made by emailing events@currentfishandoyster.com. If you love fall flavors, it’s the ultimate drinky and learny experience.

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2 thoughts on “The first taste of fall: Autumn Cider Festival & Tasting class on October 6

  1. Very cool–thanks for sharing! I recognize all except the Stinger. I’ve tried Sam Smith’s and Stella Artois Cidre, and have had ciders from Angry Orchard, Anthem, Tieton, and Wandering Aengus. I love guided cider tastings as you get a lot of information that way (plus often a handout with all the specs), vs. a tasting event where you walk up and get a sample and there is a line behind you.

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  2. Thank you so much cidersays! This was my first cider tasting and I learned TONS. I’m looking forward to getting better acquainted with the Stinger. It was such a unique and fun flavor profile. (And thanks for being the first comment on Utah Daycation!)

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