Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Big Squeeze: Making Apple Cider (Hard and Sweet)

Join John Vittori of Hilltop Orchard on Saturday, November 3 at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a look at the art and science of making both sweet and hard cider. This lecture/demonstration, from 1 – 3 pm, will cover the history, culture and lore of cider making. Practical information will include selecting apple varieties, cider-making techniques, timing and preserving of both sweet and hard cider. Following a demonstration with a beautiful two-bucket cider press, enjoy a tasting of this local sweet (or hard) drink. BBG member price is $22, nonmember $27, and you may register at

John Vittori has owned and operated Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery for the past 24 years. His main interests are sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management and land preservation.