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Downeast Cider + Cheese Festival

  • J & B Atlantic Building 142 Main Street Ellsworth, ME, 04605 United States (map)

Downeast Cider + Cheese Festival 

 J&B Atlantic Building

142 Main Street, Ellsworth

1st seating @ 4:30 // 2nd seating @ 6:30


Heart of Ellsworth will present the second annual Downeast Cider + Cheese Festival on Saturday, November 9th. Once again this singular event will honor the rich tradition of Maine’s historic apple industry, the first and only event of its kind in the state. 

By highlighting two traditional New England foods, hard cider, and artisanal cheese, Ellsworth brings to life her story through her production of classic American food. In the 1850s, as the number one exporter of apples in the world, Ellsworth was home to 12 commercial orchards, and in 1880 the total number of working farms had grown to 84. In 1931, a big freeze killed an estimated 330,000 trees in New England ending the apple boom.

The Festival will feature a salon-style tasting with two seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests will sample sips of hard cider and bites of artisanal cheese. Live music will be provided by local musician Nikolai Fox, playing and singing old-time fiddle tunes associated with the period of apple production.

With the generous support of this year’s sponsors Bangor Savings Bank, John Edwards and Rooster Brother the focus of the festival will be a talk by local Apple Historian, Todd Little-Siebold and guided tasting of cider and cheese.  Siebold will highlight the historic importance of apples and discuss heirloom varieties in Downeast Maine today. 

Each of the five local hard cider makers; Whaleback Farm, Rocky Ground, Bend Bough Cider, Sow's Ear Winery, Cornish Cider and five artisan cheesemakers; Seal Cove Farm, Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Garden Side Dairy@ Hatch Knoll Farm, Springdale Farm and Creamery, and Sonnental Dairy will be on hand to sell and discuss their craft.

For tickets and more information about this event, visit:

“The mission of Heart of Ellsworth is to promote artistic, economic, educational, environmental, cultural, and historical activities in the "Downtown" area to provide a vibrant community for all residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local government.”

For more information contact:

Cara Romano Executive Director Heart of Ellsworth

Earlier Event: November 7
Screening and Panel Discussion of WASTED!
Later Event: November 12
MCHPP & Frontier's Harvest Dinner