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Sample Treats at the Botanic Garden's Cider Festival

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Celebrate fall with food, music and more on October 12 & 13.

Sample Treats at the Botanic Garden's Cider Festival

Fresh apples turning into fresher cider. Photo by ABQ BioPark.

October 7, 2013

It's time for the Rio Grande Heritage Farm's Cider Festival. Come to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on October 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for fresh pressed cider, live music, farm demonstrations and food. For the 10th year, guests can enjoy the sights and smells of autumn during the farm's harvest celebration.

Visit the 100-year-old Cider Barn to watch farmers turn apples into cider. The modern cider press can grind and press hundreds of gallons each day. Then step into the classroom to taste a sample of the fresh juice and buy a gallon or half-gallon to take home.

"There's nothing quite like the sweet flavor of fresh-pressed apple cider," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "From apples to bee keeping demonstrations and activities about life on a 1920s-era farm, the Cider Festival offers something to people of all ages. It's a great way to learn about and celebrate fall harvests."

Volunteers and community members stationed throughout the Heritage Farm will host discovery stations about keeping urban chickens, collecting honey from bees and shoeing horses. Guests will be able to buy cider, apple cider vinegar, grape juice from Heritage Farm's vineyard and mums during the festival. Live music and food top off the activity-filled weekend.

Experience fall at the BioPark with cider, the Fall Fiesta of Flowers and the Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show. Activities are included with admission to the Botanic Garden. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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