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CiderCon 2018

January 30-February 2, 2018 in Baltimore

CiderCon was created to effect positive changes in cider making, cider fruit production, the cider market and cider regulations. It's an opportunity for the cider community to gather, share ideas, collaborate and learn. CiderCon allows cider producers to meet their industry colleagues to exchange ideas on best practices, innovations and trends. The discussions that take place at CiderCon provide a foundation of strength and diversity for the industry.

CiderCon 2018 will be at the Waterfront Marriott in Baltimore
from January 30-February 2, 2018

The Trade Show will be February 1 - 2. Be sure to follow us Facebook and Twitter for live updates about registration, schedules, and more! CiderCon is for USACM members only. You can join today!

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Click here for a listing of 2018 CiderCon Trade Show Vendors!


  • $395 per person – January 16th, 2018
  • Student/Academic Registration $175 per person October 5th – January 8th, 2018 with a COUPON CODE
  • Speaker/Presenter Registration $ TBD (please check back later for information)
  • Late/On-site Registration $495 per person January 17th – 29th, 2018 or until our spaces are full.

Official CiderCon Hotel:

Waterfront Marriott, Baltimore

Booking in the CiderCon room block not only gets you a great rate but will also help keep costs down for all attendees!


Session Descriptions

Get the most out of CiderCon. Use this document to make educated decisions about which workshops will best advance your cider knowledge.

 Heritage Cider Track

Are you interested in orchard-based ciders made with heritage apples? We have an entire track for you this year! Download the flyer for a preview, or see the session descriptions for full details.

Schedule & Events

Use this schedule to help plan your CiderCon experience. This schedule is subject to change.

General Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • Cidery Association Leadership Conference
  • Cider Tours
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Thursday, Feb. 1
Friday, Feb. 2
Optional Events (Included with your CiderCon Conference Registration)

Opening General Session with Cider Market Research Details - presented by Nielsen

Cider Share - Wednesday, January 31st from 3-5pm
Please note in your registration if you plan to attend. There is no additional cost but we would like to get a head count.

Thursday Lunch with featured speaker Dale Brown

Friday Morning USACM Board of Directors Elections

Friday Lunch with USACM Business Meeting

Grand Tasting and Commencement Toast featuring New Zealand

Cidermakers - Friday, January 2nd at 5:30pm

Optional Add-Ons

Tuesday Bus Tours

All tour descriptions subject to change.

$90 Washington, DC Tour includes lunch, snacks and cider tasting - Sold Out

Join tour guide, author and cider historian, Michael Stein for a tour of our nation’s capital with stops at Anxo Cidery and Pintxos Bar, the District and Supreme Core – where cider is farm pressed and city perfected.  Lunch will be served at Anxo, with an all-out pinxtos bar.

$70 Frederick, MD Tour includes lunch, snacks and cider tasting

Explore Frederick, Maryland - "where hip meets historic every day", with stops at cideries including Red Shedman Farm Brewery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, and Willow Oaks Craft Cider.

$75 Adams County, PA Tour includes lunch, snacks and cider tasting - Sold Out

Enjoy the sights of Gettysburg and all the Civil War history sites as your tour cideries in Adams County, PA.  We’ll have an apple historian on the bus to talk and visit with attendees.  First Stop:  Ploughman Farm Cider, then Jacks Hard Cider, Good Intent Cider intro with tasting and discussion; Lunch at Jack’s in the tasting room; tour at Bill Hill, Reid’s tasting.

Wednesday Workshops
Thursday Tastings
Friday Tastings
CiderCon 2018 Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation by Attendee (in writing to with receipt acknowledged by CiderCon staff): by December 16, 2017, all fees paid less $100 for processing & handling, will be refunded. If cancellation occurs between December 17, 2017 and January 16, 2018, 50% of fees paid will be refunded (50% of total fees paid will be forfeited); after January 16, 2018, the full cost (full value, regardless fees paid) will be forfeited. No refunds will be processed after this date.