Category Archives: Food and Wine

NC’s Inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam

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The perfect weekend get-a-way

Hendersonville, NC, a small town near Asheville in the North Carolina mountains, will celebrate its inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam Saturday, April 22, which showcases eight hard cideries, two producers of nonalcoholic cider, two local wineries and music by the  band Balsam Range, winner of 10 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Henderson County is at the epicenter of NC’s burgeoning cider industry. The county produces 85 percent of the state’s apples and leads the way in hard cider production as well.

“We have world-class cider produced right here, and it all starts with our great apples,” says Mark Williams, executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and event organizer. “The Cider Jam kicks off the whole season of apple production. It coincides with the apples in full bloom and promotes a product that can be enjoyed year-round.”

Festival cideries must be based in North Carolina and use apples sourced within the state. The eight hard cideries are: Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River; Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington and Durham; Crimson Ridge in Mills River; Flat Rock Ciderworks in Hendersonville; GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte; Noble Cider in Asheville; The 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville; and Wallace Ciders from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville.

Local producers Apple Wedge Packers & Cider and McConnell Farms will provide fresh, nonalcoholic cider varieties, while Burntshirt Vineyards of Hendersonville, will serve apple wine.

The Apple Country Cider Jam runs from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include tastings, souvenir cup and live music. Non-alcohol tickets are $10. Food will be available from local food trucks and downtown restaurants.

For info or to purchase tickets, visit www.CiderJamNC.com. For lodging and details about Hendersonville, go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.com or call (800) 828-4244.

(Photo by Sam Dean)

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Cheers! Hendersonville Style

A Thriving Hard Cider Industry Exists in North Carolina

Tasting Room at Bold Rock Hard Cider in River Mills, NC

Bold Rock Hard Cider Tasting Room in River Mills, NC

While Asheville, N.C., is famous for its craft beers, an area just 30 minutes south is making a name for itself in the hard cider industry. The Hendersonville area, long known for its orchards, is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and the seventh largest in the nation, thus making it a natural home for an emerging hard cider business. (continue this article which appeared in Allegiant’s in-flight May-July 2016 Sunseeker magazine by clicking on: cheers-hendersonville-style.

 

Out-of-the-Box Foodie Destinations

Discover Myrtle Beach’s Unique Dining Scene

Nitrogen infused peach portrait cocktail from Art Burger Sushi

Nitrogen infused peach portrait cocktail from Art Burger Sushi

Myrtle Beach offers much more than Southern Comfort Food. Dine in a haunted house, sip nitrogen-infused cocktails in a restaurant / art gallery or be a lab rat in a new chemistry-themed restaurant. (Appears in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. To read entire article click on subtitle.)

 

Explore Asheville’s Artsy Side

TAKE AN “ARTISTIC SAFARI” ALONG THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

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Spend a day exploring an iconic community of 200 artists set in an urban scene of old factories and historical buildings along the French Broad River. The River Arts District (known simply as RAD) is open year-round and provides a unique opportunity to experience art as it’s being made. Visitors can watch artists weave a scarf, fire pottery, turn a wood bowl, or produce avant-garde blown glass pieces. (Appears in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. To read entire article click on subtitle.)

 

Cheers in Myrtle Beach

Libations: Southern Style

by Sandra Chambers

Duplin Winery in Myrtle Beach

Duplin Winery in Myrtle Beach

 

 A casual wine tasting venue where even flip flops are welcomed, a unique wine- on-tap room and a microbrewery with flights of beer and special southern appetizers all beckon to Allegiant travelers visiting Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Read the rest of this article that appears in Feb.–Apr.2016 issue of Sunseeker, Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine: BoozeAtMyrtleBeach

Roam: 3 Days in Myrtle Beach

A Great 3-Day Escape to Myrtle Beach

Discover the quirky charms of South Carolina’s most popular family vacation destination.

(This story appears in the March 2016 issue of West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine and was written by Sandra Chambers.)

Myrtle Beach Pier at State Park. (Photo courtesy of VisitMyrtleBeach.com)

Myrtle Beach Pier at State Park. (Photo courtesy of VisitMyrtleBeach.com)

Myrtle Beach’s 97 kilometres of picturesque coastline, aptly called the “Grand Strand,” is most famous for its bustling beach atmosphere, replete with live entertainment, amusement parks, acclaimed seafood restaurants, great shopping and world-class golf. But the area also has a quieter side thanks to the beaches, wetlands and quaint fishing villages on its southernmost end. Take an extra- long weekend to explore both the upbeat and the serene sides of this beloved coastal area.

Read the story: THREE DAYS In Myrtle Beach  OR  check out the entire March issue of the magazine. This article can be found on pages 23-25.

Happy Meals: Upscale Dining at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World may be a kid’s paradise, but the dining options extend far beyond chicken fingers and fries. Grown-ups looking for a little culinary indulgence can choose from a variety of upscale restaurants. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Article appears in West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine. Read full article here: Disney Eats-up-Oct copy