On August 20th, 2016 the Slow Food West Michigan community took a road trip to enjoy the next big thing in the local food and beverage tasting scene. Virtue Cider hosted a Artisanal Cheese, Tapas, & Cider Pairing Fundraiser.

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2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser 2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser

Attendees were able to enjoy a proper farmhouse cider making and tasting, as well as an artisanal cheese and locally sourced tapas pairing experience. Along with an amazing array of tapas-style appetizers and cider pairings, guests enjoyed a tour, a cider making demo and lawn games.

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Cheese Artisans that joined the event were Dancing Goat Creamery, Evergreen Lane, Michiana Capriole…to name a few. We had Chefs from Virtue Cider, Appertivo and Field & Fire.

Proceeds for the event directly supported Slow Food West Michigan’s Biodiversity Micro Grant program and go to select small scale local farmers.

2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser 2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser

2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser 2016 Virtue Cider Fundraiser

Virtue Cider is a proud sponsor of Slow Food West Michigan. Virtue is a craft cider company launched in 2011 founded by Gregory Hall, former brewmaster at Goose Island, and co-founder Stephen Schmakel. Becoming known nationally for their European-style ciders from fresh locally sourced heirloom Michigan apples- never from concentrate- and employing traditional farmhouse production methods that include native and secondary fermentation, use of wild yeasts, and an expansive oak barrel-aging program.