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.
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.
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.
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.