Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival: September 29th, 2018- Long Island, NY

The 7th Annual Pour the Core Long Island: A Hard Cider Festival will be held on September 29th, 2018 at the Heckscher State Park in East Islip, NY. We had the opportunity to attend their Baltimore event and highly recommend it. This event will showcase samplings of 75 different hard ciders.

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

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THE 7TH ANNUAL POUR THE CORE: Long Island

Heckscher State Park
September 29th, 2018
VIP: 12:30PM – 5:00PM
GA: 1:30PM – 5:00PM

Pour the Core: A Hard Cider Festival returns to Heckscher State Park in East Islip on Saturday, September 29th, for another fantastic fall day filled with over 75 ciders from local, national and international cider makers, plus a donut eating contestfood trucks, and more! Tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay as discounts end early.


Tickets & Sessions:

This event takes place rain or shine. No refunds.

VIP SESSION: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

Online: $60
Designated Driver: $15

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GENERAL ADMISSION SESSION: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Online: $45
Designated Driver: $12

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VIP:
Pay-one-price tickets include samples, poured in 2-ounces at a time. Pouring will begin for VIP ticketholders at 12:30pm. If the event is not sold-out, VIP tickets will be available for $75 on event day, at the door (cash only).

General Admission (GA): 
Pay-one-price tickets include samples, poured in 2-ounces at a time. Pouring will begin for GA attendees at 1:30pm. If the event is not sold-out, GA tickets will be $55 on event day at the door (cash only).

Designated Driver (DD):
These tickets vary in price depending on what section you would like to be a designated driver for. VIP DD tickets are $15 +tax/fees and GA DD tickets are $12 +tax/fees. VIP DD ticketholders receive an extra hour in the event (beginning at 12:30pm), access to VIP restrooms and 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.

Looking for a discount?
Seniors (over 55) and active military/veterans qualify for a discounted general admission ticket that is $25 +tax/fees or a VIP ticket that is $50 +tax/fees. Please call 631-940-7290 to receive the discount. Discounted tickets are not valid at the door.

Group tickets are also available for both ticket sessions if you are coming to the event with 10 or more people. All tickets must be purchased at the same time. No refunds for exchanges. Group tickets are available for $30 +tax/fees to the general admission session and $55 +tax/fees to the VIP session. This ticket offer must be purchased by phone only. It is not available online or at the door. Please call 631-940-7290 to receive the discount.

All attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. 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.

All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds, exchanges or adjustments.

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchase, please call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com.

Smile for the camera!
Look for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at this website, and on the event’s Facebook page after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album.  Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.


FAQ

WHEN IS THE EVENT?

September 29, 2018

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO GET INTO THE FESTIVAL?

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.

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT?

Click here to purchase tickets.

WHERE DOES THE EVENT TAKE PLACE?

The event will be taking place on Field 2 at Heckscher State Park, located at 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730.

IS THE EVENT INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?

The festival is an outdoor event held under tents and will take place rain or shine (no refunds).

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

The event is rain or shine. Please plan accordingly for the weather. If there is an emergency situation, please check the event website, Facebook page and email.

WHAT DOES GENERAL ADMISSION INCLUDE?

Each paid general admission includes a souvenir tasting cup and the freedom to enjoy samples from any participating exhibitor. Attendance at event seminars is also included.

WHAT DOES VIP ADMISSION INCLUDE?

VIP admission includes sampling and seminars just like GA ticket holders but VIP attendees also receive an additional hour of sampling from 12:30pm-1:30pm, receive a tasting cup made of glass, have private seating, exclusive VIP restrooms, 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 a bottled water.

WHAT IS THE ENTRANCE FEE FOR DESIGNATED DRIVERS?

A general admission designated driver ticket is $12 and a VIP designated driver ticket is $15. All designated drivers receive bottled water. However, designated drivers are not permitted to sample any alcoholic beverages at the festival and do not receive a 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.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?

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

ARE CHILDREN OR PETS PERMITTED TO ATTEND?

NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork) are permitted into the festival.

IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT THE FESTIVAL?

Smoking will not be permitted under the tents, this includes vape pens and e-cigs.

CAN I BRING BLANKETS OR LAWN CHAIRS TO THE FESTIVAL?

Yes, blankets and lawn chairs are permitted in the festival area.

CAN I BRING OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE TO THE FESTIVAL?

No outside food or beverages will be permitted.

IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE? IS THERE A FEE TO PARK?

Yes, there is parking but there is a fee of $8 per vehicle to enter the park. A park entry fee is the same as a parking fee. This fee is collected by the park directly between 8am-­4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9/9­-10/9. There is no charge to park for those vehicles with an Empire State Pass. If you are arriving via taxi, Uber, Lyft or another rideshare company there is no fee to enter the park ­but the driver must identify themselves as such though and adhere to signs for drop-­off and pick­-up locations.

IS THERE BUS TRANSPORTATION TO THE EVENT?

Unfortunately, there are no buses scheduled for this event.

DO DESIGNATED DRIVERS NEED TO BE 21?

YES. No one under 21 will be admitted into the festival. Designated drivers, like everyone else, must show valid photo ID before being admitted into the festival.

IS THERE A HOTEL IN THE AREA?

Yes, the nearest hotel is the Residence Inn Long Island Islip/Courthouse Complex located at:

7 Courthouse Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-231-0025

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 THE EVENT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, there is also a special handicapped parking area, however, the venue does not provide wheelchairs or walkers. Please remember the event takes place on grass though and may be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or walker.

CAN I BRING A BAG?

Yes, but bags are subject to search by security. No weapons of any kind. No outside food and beverage.

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.

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.

CAN I TAKE UBER/LYFT TO AND FROM THE EVENT?

Yes. Rideshare companies such as Uber/Lyft do not need to pay the park entry fee to get in but must adhere to signs directing people to drop-off and pick-up locations. Please input “Field 2 Comfort Station, Great River, NY” for the best request for your pick-up/drop-off location.

CAN I LEAVE MY CAR OVERNIGHT?

No. Cars cannot be left overnight. If cars are left, they may be towed at the owner’s expense.

WHAT TAXI COMPANIES SERVICE THIS AREA?

The closest taxi company to this area is Colonial Transportation which can be reached at 888-451-9511.

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.

ARE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THIS EVENT?

Yes, look out for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at the event website, and/or on the event’s Facebook page for photos after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.


Directions

Heckscher State Park
1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730

From Points West:

• Take Southern State Parkway eastbound
• As exit 41A approaches, keep right to stay on Southern State Parkway
• Stay on Southern State Parkway and continue onto Heckscher State Parkway
• Proceed past toll booth
• At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and follow road until first turnaround
• Make a sharp left at first turnaround
• Turn right onto first road, Forty Foot Road
• Head straight and make first left to Field 2 Parking

From Points East:

• Take Sunrise Highway (NY-27) westbound
• Stay on Sunrise Highway and take exit 46
• Keep right to take exit 46 toward New York/Heckscher Park
• Continue on Sunrise Highway North Service Road
• Use the right lane to take the ramp to New York 27A (also Heckscher State Parkway/Southern State Parkway southbound)
• Merge onto Heckscher State Parkway and continue southbound
• Proceed past toll booth
• At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and follow road until first turnaround
• Make a sharp left at first turnaround
• Turn right onto first road, Forty Foot Road
• Head straight and make first left to Field 2 Parking

From Points North:

• Take Sunken Meadow Parkway southbound toward Bay Shore
• Stay on Sunken Meadow Parkway which will continue to Sagtikos Parkway
• Use left lane to take exit S4E for Southern State Parkway eastbound toward East Islip
• Merge onto Southern State Parkway
• Stay on Southern State Parkway and continue onto Heckscher State Parkway
• Proceed past toll booth
• At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and follow road until first turnaround
• Make a sharp left at first turnaround
• Turn right onto first road, Forty Foot Road
• Head straight and make first left to Field 2 Parking


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.


Charity

kids-need-more

www.kidsneedmore.org

In 1990, a group of concerned parents created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings called Camp Adventure. Camp Adventure now serves the East Coast and tri-state area remaining one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and their siblings.

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.

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