Cider competition results, #CraftBevMIWay video, conferences, field days, and more!

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June 2022


Great Lakes International Hard Cider and Perry Competition Results

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The 16th Annual Great Lakes Hard Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) took place May 18-20 in Grand Rapids. The event brought in more than 100 volunteers across the United States to judge, steward, and provide administrative support. Of the 1,351 entries, 1,254 medals were awarded in the Commercial and Noncommercial divisions. Congratulations to Virtue Cider, Starcut Ciders, Two K Farms, and Uncle John’s for your Best in Class entries. More than 80 Michigan hard cider producers were awarded medals! View all medalists by state.

The Michigan Cider Association champions this event.

Dirt to Glass 2022: Conference Registration is Open

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Michigan State University Extension is hosting a new conference for the Michigan grape and wine industry. Dirt to Glass 2022: Elevating Michigan Wine from the Ground Up is the first ever of its kind in Michigan, and this year it will take place in Traverse City on August 25-26.

This conference aims to connect growers and producers from around the state each year to provide them with information that will support the Michigan grape and wine industry in understanding the critical relationship between better farming and world class wine. 

This year’s speakers include Doug Frost, Dr. Kevin Pogue, Dr. Bruno Basso, Madeline Triffon, Amanda Danielson, Diego Barison, Christie Lee Apple, and Dr. Paolo Sabbatini. There will also be instructive Riesling and Pinot Noir wine tasting panels that will demonstrate the impact of soil and farming on a finished wine through the lens of two well-known varieties. The wine will be sourced from famous growing regions for these grapes.

Learn more and register.

#CraftBevMIWay is Back!

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Council person Michael “Chet” Chetcuti returns for a new season of #CraftBevMIWay videos featuring Michigan craft beverages and their tie-in to regional agriculture, culinary scenes, and culture. This video features Amy of Idyll Farm Cheese and a pairing with a sparkling wine from Aurora Cellars. The videos all live on YouTube and will be featured on Instagram.

Are you curious about the barking in the background? View the Council’s web page to see Wally, who made his way into Chet’s headshot!

View this new video!

Beyond DEI: Social Justice in Our Lifetime

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a conference on June 20-21. The Beyond DEI: Social Justice in Our Lifetime Conference will help attendees learn what to prioritize, how to adopt enterprise-wide strategies, and how to break through expected (and unexpected) roadblocks within their spheres of influence—their workplaces, their communities, and society—to have a lasting impact.

This conference offers two opportunities. The first is an in-person Juneteenth event at Mama Akua Community House on June 20. The second is a virtual conference on June 21, 12-4pm. Registering for the virtual conference automatically allows you to attend the in-person event on June 20. 

Learn more and register.

Save the date for MSU Hop Research Field Day on July 13

Michigan Hops

The Plant Pathology Farm at Michigan State University (3735 N College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910) is hosting a free Hop Research Field Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 13, 2022. Learn how current MSU research projects could apply to your hop operation. The event includes reports on fungicide disease management trials using conventional chemistries and “softer products,” as well as research presentations that focus on viruses, nematodes, insects, and brewing.

More information will be forthcoming as the event approaches. Visit the Michigan State University Extension Hops website for future details.

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