Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival: June 9th, 2018- Brooklyn, NY

The 4th Annual Pour the Core Brooklyn: A Hard Cider Festival will be held on June 9th, 2018 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn, NY. We had the opportunity to attend their Baltimore event and highly recommend it. This event will showcase two samplings of 75 different hard ciders

Everything you need to know about the event can be found below:



Brooklyn Expo Center
June 9th, 2018
VIP Hour: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
GA: 2:30PM – 6:00PM

Love apples? Then, drink apples! Gather with fellow apple enthusiasts, hard cider aficionados, fermentation zealots, and craft beverage fanatics at Brooklyn’s premier hard cider festival, Pour The Core: Brooklyn.

At Pour The Core: Brooklyn, you and your friends will gather in Brooklyn’s trendy and crafty Greenpoint neighborhood and be showcased to the finest locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders – more than 75 styles produced by over 40 different cider makers! The event will feature local favorites like Big Apple Hard Cider and Original Sin; best-selling US brands like Woodchuck Hard Cider and Angry Orchard; and a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere, like Strongbow.

So get your sunglasses ready and kick off summer with cider and local grub from the city’s favorite food trucks! The event will take place rain or shine (no refunds).

There will be free seminars for ticketholders about cider, the making of cider, and the enjoyment of cider. The event will also help raise funds for KiDS NEED MoRE. Visit the charity page to find out more about this great organization.


Tickets & Sessions:

A SELL-OUT IS EXPECTED so buy your tickets early! Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available.

VIP runs from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and GA runs from 2:30pm – 6:00pm.

VIP tickets are $60+ tax/fee each when purchased online in advance of the event. If tickets still remain, they will be $75 on event day at the door (cash only). GA tickets are $45+ tax/fee each when purchased online in advance of the event. If tickets still remain, they will be $55 on event day at the door (cash only).

Designated driver (DD) tickets are also available. GA designated driver tickets are $12 +tax/fees but VIP designated drivers are $15 +tax/fees. VIP DD ticketholders receive an extra hour in the event and access to VIP seating. No DD is permitted to drink any alcohol. DDs do not receive a tasting cup but will receive bottled water. Any DD seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. DDs, like all attendees, must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.

Everyone who purchases a ticket will get in. No tickets will be sold once the event sells out. We have limited the number of attendees to ensure that everyone who purchases a ticket will be able to sample the ciders they want and move around with ease. There will be plenty of water and food available for purchase.

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed into the event. This includes designated drivers who must also be 21 years or older in age. No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without valid photo ID (no exceptions)! Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.


When is the event?

June 9, 2018.


What time is the event?

VIP: 1:30pm – 2:30pm; GA: 2:30pm – 6:00pm.


How do I buy tickets for this event?

Click here to purchase tickets.


I bought a ticket and now I can’t find it/can’t print it, what do I do?

FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY: If you purchased your tickets on the event website and are in need of customer service regarding your ticket purchase, please call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com for assistance.

Is there an age limit to get into the show?

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed entrance in the festival! This includes designated drivers who must also be at least 21 years of age. NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without a valid photo ID (no exceptions). Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.


Where is Brooklyn Expo Center located?

72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222


Is the event indoors or outdoors?

The festival is an indoor event but there will be food trucks and outdoor seating located outside of the venue.


What does admission include?

Each general admission ticket includes a souvenir tasting cup and the freedom to enjoy samples from any participating cidermaker. Attendance at event seminars is also included. VIP Admission includes sampling and seminars just like general admission ticketholders but VIP attendees also receive an additional hour of sampling from 1:30pm-2:30pm, receive a tasting cup made of glass, have private seating, and access to special tastings available only in the VIP area. VIP Designated Driver ticketholders receive an extra hour in the event and access to VIP seating compared to GA designated drivers. However, no DD is permitted to drink any alcohol. DDs do not receive a tasting cup but will receive bottled water.


Will food be available for purchase?

Yes, food is available for purchase. It is not included in the price of admission.


What is the entrance fee for Designated Drivers?

A general admission designated driver ticket is $12.00 and a VIP designated driver ticket is $15.00. All designated drivers receive bottled water but VIP designated drivers are allowed into the event an hour earlier beginning a 1:30pm and have access to the VIP seating area. No designated driver is permitted to sample any alcoholic beverages at the festival. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting cup. Any designated driver who is seen drinking at the festival will be escorted out immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.


Is there music?

Yes, the event will have ambient music played.


Can I bring outside food or beverage to the festival?

No outside food or beverages will be permitted.


Will there be parking available?

There is no parking on site at the venue. Mass transportation or car service (such as Uber) is recommended. There are limited parking garages about 15 minutes away (by foot). Street parking is available.


Are there hotels in the area?

Yes, the following are hotels in the area. However, neither Pour the Core nor its producers are affiliated with any hotel or offer any discounted room rates. All event participants are responsible for their own lodging. The list below includes lodging options located within a short distance from the venue (other options are located at a further distance). Please make sure to do your research on the form of lodging that you decide on to make sure it is the right fit for you.

Fairfield Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View
52-34 Van Dam Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

The Box House Hotel
77 Box Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Henry Norman Hotel
251 North Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 North 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249


What if I have problems buying my tickets online?

If you are having problems buying your ticket, please call 1-877-987-6487 to purchase your ticket by phone.


Are children or pets permitted to attend?

NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets are permitted into the festival.


Is smoking permitted at the festival?

Smoking will not be permitted inside the venue – this includes vape pens and e-cigs.


Is the event wheelchair accessible?

YES, the event is located on street level and easily accessible by wheelchair. However, the venue does not provide wheelchairs or walkers. Attendees in need of a wheelchair should bring their own.


Can I bring a bag to the event?

Yes, bags are subject to search by security. Bags should be limited in size to small handbags/purses.


What items are prohibited?

Starfish Junction Productions is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees, exhibitors, staffers, and guests. Please use common sense and remember that what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to show rules, are subject to search upon entering the event, and are prohibited from bringing in the following items:

· outside alcohol, glass bottles, cans, outside food/beverages, metal water bottles
· weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks, smoke bombs
· unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.

Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) is prohibited in the venue/under tents. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Infants/Children/Strollers…No one under 21 will be admitted. Valid photo ID is required for entry.
No pets are permitted at the event (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork)

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.


Are group tickets available?

Yes, groups of 10 or more persons can buy discounted tickets together. Please see the ticket page for additional information.


Is there a senior or military discount on tickets?

Yes, seniors (over 55 in age), active military and veterans can purchase a ticket to the event at a discounted rate. Please see the ticket page for additional information.


Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

By Train (recommended)

From the G-Train (green line) at the Greenpoint Avenue MTA station:

  • Take the G-Train to the Greenpoint Avenue station and walk west on Greenpoint Avenue to Franklin Street.
  • Turn south (left) on to Franklin Street and continue to the corner of Noble and Franklin.
  • Make a right down Noble for the expo center entrance.

From the G-Train (green line) at the Nassau Avenue MTA station:

  • Walk north on Manhattan Avenue turn west (left) onto Noble.
  • Continue on Noble, past Franklin, for the expo center entrance.

From the L-Train (grey line):

  • Walk west on Bedford to Kent Avenue.
  • At Kent, turn north (right) and continue on Kent until it turns into Franklin Street and bisects Noble.
  • At Noble, make a left to follow the street to the expo center entrance.

By Bus

  • The expo center is accessible by both the B32 and B62 buses. For the Brooklyn Bus Map, click here.

By CitiBike

  • The closest CitiBike bike return is located at the Wythe Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue corner.


By the East River Ferry

  • The East River Ferry has two terminals in Manhattan (Wall Street/Pier 11 and East 34th Street/Midtown) that stop at India Street/Greenpoint. The India Street/Greenpoint terminal services both northbound and southbound ferry routes, and is only six blocks north of the expo center.

Visit the East River Ferry’s website for fare info and ferry schedules.


Street parking is available but limited. There is no specified handicap parking. The nearest parking garages are about a 10-15 minute walk away:

  • Little Man Parking

162 N. 12th street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

  • Impark

165 N. 11th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Festival Rules

• 21+ Only. Must show valid photo I.D. for admission. Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

• Don’t drink and drive! Designate a driver!

• Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and, as a ticketholder, you grant permission for your likeness to be used.

• Drink responsibly, know your limits!

• This is a sampling event, 2oz. pours only!

• All attendees must be properly attired.

• We reserve the right to check all bags.

• No pets or children allowed.

• No outside food, beverage or glassware permitted.

• You get one souvenir cup for this event. Replacements $5.00 ea. Designated drivers do not receive a cup.

• We reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove any individual(s) from the festival for behaving inappropriately. You will be escorted out by security and not allowed back in!

• All exits are final. No open alcohol permitted outside the event.

Thank you for your cooperation.




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In 2013, a dedicated group of Camp Adventure volunteers began KiDS NEED MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to parent the camp and ensure its longevity.

KiDS NEED MoRE believes that people and families coping with life-threatening illness and trauma deserve to do more than just survive and need opportunities to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. For 24 years, through the historic Camp Adventure program, volunteers have provided fun activities that foster peer relationships, independence and respite. The mantra is… fun heals!

KiDS NEED MoRE programs and activities are designed to reunite siblings and allow parents time for respite. The organization continues to host camping programs and retreats like Camp Adventure but also hosts community events and activities including Sweet 16s, plus mentoring and college preparation through More U.

Click here for a downloadable brochure. More information can also be found on their website at KidsNeedMore.org.

75+ Hard Ciders for Sampling at Brooklyn’s Cider Festival

Cider Donut Eating Contest Returns

(BROOKLYN, NY. April 11, 2018) – The 4th Annual Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival is coming back to the Brooklyn Expo Center on Saturday, June 9, 2018 for what promoters promise to be the “best cider fest yet.”   Pour the Core will offer festival goers over 75 different hard ciders for sampling.  The event will offer two sessions:  1) VIP 1:30pm to 6:00pm and 2) General Admission (GA) 2:30pm-6:00pm, the VIP session offering several advantages, among them: access to VIP only seating area and the ability to try special limited-release ciders being poured only during the VIP bonus hour.  A pay-one-price ticket allows attendees to enjoy refreshing and delicious hard cider samples from local, national and international cider producers.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at PourTheCore.com/Brooklyn.  This is a 21+ event. Tickets are limited, advance online purchase is strongly recommended.

Consumers continue to show their love of hard cider and continue to explore the cider category looking for new and innovative styles and flavors. “We’ve seen festival attendance numbers increase year-to-year, not just here in Brooklyn, but in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Long Island where we also host Pour The Core festivals,” said Kristyn Dolan, event manager at Starfish Junction, producers of the Pour the Core festival franchise.   “We can’t wait to be back in Brooklyn, I think this will be our best cider fest yet.”

A recent Forbes article focusing on cider growth and consumption by contributor Tara Nurin states, “four percent of legal drinkers cite cider as their boozy beverage of choice, compared to 1% a decade ago. Cider controls .4% of the alcoholic beverage category – a small but mighty number when you consider that it started at .06% a decade-and-a-half ago.”   Pour the Core’s overwhelming popularity is based on delivering a great attendee experience—offering a great variety of ciders to sample plus entertaining and educational seminars about cider production and enjoyment.  A favorite activity among the festival goers is the fun and extremely competitive Cider Donut Eating Contest, sponsored in part by Hard Cider News.  Ticketholders sign-up online to compete, the winner is the person who can eat a donut hung from a string in the fastest time without the use of their hands. The winner gets a prize package valued at over $300.

Taking special care to support local producers, the event will showcase many hometown and regional favorites, plus a special selection of national and international cideries that are stand-outs for their unique and tasty production. New York is the second largest apple producing state in the U.S. (Washington state holds top spot) and “we grow the highest quality, best tasting apples anywhere” boasts The New York Apple Association.   New York State’s elected officials recognize that growing the hard cider industry is also good for the state’s growers, tourists, employment and government coffers—with governor-supported laws aiming to promote craft beverage making and New York state agriculture.

Tickets for Pour the Core being held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, are available for purchase online now at http://www.pourthecore.com/brooklyn. VIP ($60) 1:30pm to 6:00pm and GA ($45) for the tasting session running from 2:30pm-6:00pm. All tickets are subject to taxes and fees.  Tickets include a souvenir five-ounce taster and the freedom to enjoy two-ounce samples from any cider maker. VIP ticketholders will enjoy a special VIP seating area, an extra hour of tastings, samples of specialty ciders poured for VIPs only, and a commemorative sampling glass.  Designated driver tickets are available for $15 (VIP) and $12 (GA).  This is a 21+ event only. Valid photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted.  All ticket sales are final.

The Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) is located in the thriving and trendy Greenpoint section of Brooklyn and is easily accessible by car, the B32 bus, the East River Water Taxi, or the G-train. Parking is not available on-site, and street parking is limited.  Attendees are encouraged to take mass transit or arrive by any of the various ride share companies that service the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn.  Tickets and info is available at http://www.PourTheCore.com/Brooklyn.


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