Cider Dayze returns to Blake’s orchard in Armada – Macomb Daily
A silent nightclub, corn hole games, and 50 breweries and cider houses will all be part of the festivities when Cider Dayze returns to Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill this month.
The sixth annual Cider Dayze Festival takes place August 28-29 at Blake’s, located at 17985 Armada Center Road in Armada. Festival hours will be noon to 7 p.m. on August 28 and noon to 5 p.m. on August 29.
Blake’s director of customer experience, Kaley Pittsley, said this year marks the return of the festival, as it could not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 and related restrictions.
“Fortunately, Blake has not suffered any damage from the recent tornado and the Cider Dayze Festival will continue as planned,” said Pittsley.
To attend the festival, customers must be at least 21 years old. At the entrance, all participants will have to present an identity document and their age. Tickets can be purchased online at ciderdayze.com. Pre-purchased August 28 tickets cost $ 40 and pre-purchased August 29 tickets cost $ 35. Designated driver tickets cost $ 20 per person and include two non-alcoholic beverage tickets.
“We will also have tickets available at the gate on both days of the festival, and guests are welcome to purchase tickets on site,” Pittsley said.
On-site tickets are $ 45 for August 28 and $ 40 for August 29. All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and drink tickets, Pittsley said.
“Admission also includes unlimited games, live music and more,” Pittsley said, adding that additional drink tickets can be purchased on-site for $ 2 each per five ounces.
Dining options at the event will include food trucks from Blake’s Grill, Chatitas Rolling Kitchen, BBQ Daddy, Satellite Food Truck and Pete’s Wood Fired Pizza. Activities will include a silent disco, live music and unlimited games.
“This year we’re featuring Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers headlining Sunday at 2pm,” Pittsley said.
Games on offer will include Kan Jam, Poultry Hunting, Beer Mug Holding Contest, Corn Hole, and Giant Jenga. Activities and games are included in the entry price.
“The festival was started as a way to bring together local cider and beer businesses,” Pittsley said. “We wanted to introduce our customers and our community to hard cider making beyond Blake’s and that’s why we created a festival suitable for people who love hard cider. The festival was a way to expand and strengthen the hard cider category in Michigan and gave our customers the opportunity to try new drinks from a variety of companies. The festival was also a way to give back to our local Armada community as all proceeds go to the Armada Lions Club.
Nicole Tuttle is a freelance journalist for MediaNews Group.