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Erie County Fair Hard Cider

The Erie County Fair is continuing the home cider making competition! The craft hard cider making scene in Buffalo is growing and we want to help that growth. We want to offer a tasty gluten free beverage to our guests to enjoy during their visits to the Erie County Fair, so we are partnering with BlackBird Cider Works to make it happen. BlackBird Cider Works is proud to be Niagara County’s first sole craft hard cider producer. Nestled on a beautiful farm overlooking Lake Ontario, they produce hard ciders made from apples grown on their own estate orchard.

Cider making hobbyists have until Friday, April 3rd to submit their ciders for judging. In addition to the opportunity to win a gold medal for excellence, the Erie County Fair Cider Making Competition’s top entry will be professionally brewed and named the 2020 “Erie County Fair Best In Show Cider.”


Click Here to see how to enter!




2019 Best In Show Hard Cider

Image of the 2019 winning hard cider for the Erie County Fair
An "All American Cider" Takes The Top Honor

In the Erie County Fair’s inaugural Home Hard Cider Making Competition, cider maker Jeffrey Clift of Buffalo won “Best in Show Cider” with his "All American Cider.” In total, 23 entries were received in the cider competition. Once named the 2019 “Erie County Fair Best In Show Cider,” the winning home hard cider maker received a gold medal for excellence and then began the process of being professionally reproduced by BlackBird Cider Works for sale during the Fair.

Click here for a full list of the 2019 results.
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