If you plan on entering ciders into the the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competion you had better box those bottles up quick like and mail them off. The clock is ticking closer and closer to that dreaded last call, when the opportunity to enter one one of the World's premier pro-am cider competitions will soon pass. That is until 2013.
The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association puts on an extraordinary cider competition that runs unrivaled in North America. The GLINTCAP crew goes great lengths to put on the very best contest for both amateur and pro cidermaker competitors alike.
If you were to enter only one cider competition a year, this is THE ONE to enter and here are a few reasons why.
One of the largest pro-am cider and perry specific competitions anywhere. Last year's GLINTCAP competition was the World's second largest with over 290 entries, second only to the universally famous Bath & West Show.
Guest judges. The celebrity judges for this year include cider author Ben Watson, leading apple expert Tom Burford a.k.a "Professor Apple", Cider Digest Janitor Dick Dunn, Nicole Leibon or Farnum Hill Cider and well me... David White. I'm excited to say I've been invited back for another great year of judging too.
The most compelling reasons to enter are in the way the contest is run... This is a first class professional run competition complete with a judges training seminar the evening prior. This year's seminar will be led by Charles McGonegal of Aeppeltreow Winery, and Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association President and award winning cidermaker Gary Awdey. They'll place an emphasis on cider flavors and styles and if last year was any indication I suspect we'll get to touch on taints and flaws as well. This training seminar is an awesome experience for the judges and competition staff but it is also open to anyone. The cost is $20 and space is limited to a first come first serve basis.
Like I said. It's time to box 'em up. Information on how and where to enter can be found on the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association's website.
Following the competition on Sunday April 1st...
Cider Makers Orchard Workshop - Topworking Trees Basics
Presented By: Tom Burford & Ben Watson
Sunday, April 1st from 10 am – 2 pm @ Uncle John’s Cider Mill, St. John’s, MI
Cost: $15 for GLCPA Members & $25 Non-Members
Contact Mike Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this workshop