The california & mendocino
Judging: July 9-10, 2019
entries & cider shipments now due: July 5
Welcome to two cider competitions -
The Annual California Cider Competition
The 6th annual Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition (MASICC) takes place July 9-10, 2019, celebrating ciders from around the world. Each year, ciders made from fruit grown in California are eligible for California Cider Competition awards. In the grand tradition of county agricultural fairs, MASICC and CCC offer recognition for appellation of origins, and single varietal ciders. MASICC also includes Enthusiast Divisions.
Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition
The MASICC was introduced in 2015 to include ciders made from apples, juice or concentrate from around the world. These competitions also offer a great opportunity to connect with media, industry buyers and tastemakers, and share the world of cider with them. On top of it all, you can introduce the public to new ciders, new cider styles and the cidermakers who craft them.
Why are there two competitions?
The California Cider Competition affords the opportunity to explore California's unique terroir, orchard by orchard and glass by glass. Entrants in this competition use 100% California fruit. Non-commercial enthisiasts are welcome to participate.
The Mendocino International Apple Show Cider Competition (MASICC) is designed for cider made from apples/juice from anywhere. Non-commercial enthusiasts are welcome to participate.
Our goal is to create an opportunity for cidermakers to help one another and advance our technical skills. These competitions also offer a great opportunity to connect with media, industry buyers and tastemakers, and share the world of cider with them. On top of it all, you can introduce the public to new ciders, new cider styles and the cidermakes who craft them!
Here's why you should enter:
This is your chance to connect with a real California orchard through award winning California-grown ciders.
Did you know that terroir focused fruit-forward cider is all about the apples? In the dawn of a cider renaissance spreading across the country, craft beverage enthusiasts can look to the state's only California terroir focused competition.
The California Cider Competition attracts the best ciders made from apples grown in California orchards. Hosted by California’s one and only Apple Show at the Mendocino County Fair, this annual competition offers consumers a way to connect with award-winning cidermakers and learn about apples and terroir.
This competition was instituted in 2014 as a way to recognize the craft and dedication of California cidermakers who are bottling excellence. Cider is produced like wine, but made from apples. The influence of terroir (soils, topography, and climate) have a dramatic affect on the apples and the cider.
Marketing. Awards give assurance of quality to consumers and buyers
Exposure to trade buyers. Distributors, chefs, beverage managers, etc.
Exposure to media. Local, regional and national.
Online presence. Listed on this site for the year as a public resource.
Promoted at events. Grand Tastings, Cider Summit, and additional events.
Not a Commercial Cidermaker?
Non-commercial entries are also accepted from cider enthusiasts. Some may call this the 'amateur' division but we know better! You're welcome to join the fun and celebrate what amazing ciders you produce.
Hard Cider, Enthusiast Local: Produced by a resident of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, or Sonoma Counties.
Hard Cider, Enthusiast Open: Produced by a resident of all other California counties.
All non-commercial entries must be sent in bottles free of permanent labels or markings to ensure the blindness of the judging. They will be poured at judging tables and identified only by registration number.
2018 commercial winners
2018 non-commercial winners
2018 commercial winners