Local craft cider, created from West Virginia-grown heritage and heirloom apples, will be the focal point of a first-of-its-kind, four-course culinary event featuring flavors from the early fall harvest. The event will be held at 7:30pmFriday, Sept. 23 at Stonewall Resort in partnership with Lewisburg’s Hawk Knob Craft Cider & Mead, resort officials announced.

“This is truly a special event. We’re more than excited to offer West Virginia’s very first hard cider pairing dinner event featuring our state’s first craft cidery.” said Steve Ludwig, director of sales and marketing at Stonewall Resort.  “For those that haven’t tried Hawk Knob’s hard cider, it doesn’t resemble the mass produced ciders you may have tried. It’s less sugary, more complex, dry and truly delicious.”

The founders of Hawk Knob will discuss the cider-making process, as well as the history of cider and mead, throughout the event.  Additionally, the evening will conclude with a tasting of apple-pie moonshine.

“What many may not realize is that cider was America’s first real beverage,” said Josh Bennett, co-owner of Hawk Knob. “There was more cider drunk in the 1700 and 1800s per capita than all soda pop now.”

Stonewall is offering the West Virginia Craft Cider Dinner Package, which includes the four-course dinner pairing, live music, overnight accommodations on Sept. 23, and a souvenir glass for each person for just $199 per couple.  Rates do not include tax, resort fee or park enhancement fee. Must be 21+ to drink.

On each fall Saturday, guests are invited to follow the carved pathway in Bright Start Park for food, music, photography, face painting, games, crafts, educational nature presentations and more.  Explore the state park and lake with the resort’s guided kayak, hiking and fishing tours.

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