Mount Vernon-based Alma Cider will be one of several cideries and breweries at the Cider & Ale Trail on Friday, March 8 in historic downtown Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Alma Cider

Mount Vernon-based Alma Cider will be one of several cideries and breweries at the Cider & Ale Trail on Friday, March 8 in historic downtown Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Alma Cider

Cider & Ale Trail coming to historic downtown Kent March 8

Event to feature cideries, breweries, distilleries from Washington and Oregon

Get a taste of cider, beer, whiskey and liqueurs along the Cider & Ale Trail from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 8 in historic downtown Kent.

“Join us on the trail of vibrant flavors and rich brewing tradition of the region,” according to a Jan. 30 Kent Downtown Partnership media release. “The trail invites visitors to explore a dynamic tapestry of craft brewers and distilleries, each offering a unique taste of culture and craftsmanship.”

The trail winds through the variety of historic downtown Kent shops, inviting visitors to soak in the sights and sounds. As you make your way through the tasting stops you also encounter live toe-tapping music and welcoming community spaces.

Participants will receive a map of all the stops, music and other features along the way.

Shops and restaurants are open to the public; tasting requires tickets and you must be 21 over.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets include 10 tastings, disposable glass, wrist band and program guide.

Each ticket helps support future events and programs produced by the Kent Downtown Partnership, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For tickets, go to downtownkentwa.com.

Cideries and breweries

• 23rd Ave Brewery (Seattle), Farmstrong Brewery (Mount Vernon), 2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis, Oregon), Washington Gold Cider (Chelan), Blackfish Distillery (Auburn), Alma Cider (Mount Vernon), Whidbey Island Distillery (Langley) and more to come.

Music lineup

• Global Heat (Seattle) featuring a mix of funky neo soul/R&B music with soulful vocalists. PO Boxx delivers an electrifying fusion of genres ranging from hip-hop and R&B to electronic and soul.


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