One of the many exciting things happening during this Labor Day weekend is the “First Press” cider festival in Jefferson, MD outside of Frederick at Distillery Lane Ciderworks. I tagged along with my journalist fiance while he covered the event yesterday. Although it was quite the trek from Columbia, it was well worth the drive.
This was their third annual “first Press” festival. The event was held on the actual farm and even had a few vendors, a local band playing (The Woo-Yeahs), food, cider tasting, and a bee keeper. While talking to one of the owners, we found out that they had already entertained about 500 people so far and were expecting at least 1,000.
I personally enjoyed the bee keeper and the band the most. The bee keeper was very personable and entertaining. My dad had recently decided to pick up bee keeping, and so this was very interesting to me to talk to someone else that shares the love of it. The Woo-Yeahs were also really entertaining. They were an alternative type country band complete with a banjo.
People were tasting hard cider and regular cider while we were there, purchasing bushels of apples, people were picking apples, and overall enjoying the day. I don’t think that the farm could have asked for a better day to host their festival. (Full Story)