Account Registration

You can create your account today through Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM, EST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM, EST.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM, EST.

Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

C1A New World CiderC1B English CiderC1C French Cider
C1D New World PerryC1E Traditional PerryC2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other FruitC2C ApplewineC2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/SpicesC2F Specialty Cider/Perry 

Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Cash
  • Check, made out to Franklin County CiderDays

Entry Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of 12 to 25 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

Three bottles per entry cover first, second and Best of Show judging rounds. Judges are informed when there are a limited number of bottles per entry and every attempt will be made to conserve a quantity for a next round.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms and recipe sheets must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottle labels by the method specified on the bottle label.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM, EST.

Modern Homebrew Emporium
2304 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 498-0400

Beer & Winemaking Supplies
154 King St, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-0150

342 Pleasant Street, Northhampton, MA 01060
(413) 829-2337

CiderDays Shelburne-Buckland Community Center Following The Award Presentation From 5th Annual Amateur Cidermaker Competition
53 Main St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM, EST.

Ship entries to:

CiderDays Amateur Cider Competition
61 Washington Ave, Northampton, MA 01060

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

Deerfield Community Center
16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM, EST


Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show cider selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Results will be posted to the competition web site the day after the competition concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. 

Awards Ceremony

Franklin County CiderDays
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM, EDT