Hard cider maker producing festival


Vander Mill's Spring Lake location features a taproom and restaurant. Photo via fb.com

A West Michigan cidery is partnering with a number of businesses to celebrate the fall season this weekend.

Vander Mill is teaming up with several breweries and restaurants to host the eight-annual Vander Fest.

The event will take place on Saturday from 4-10 p.m. at the Vander Mill restaurant and taproom in Spring Lake, at 14921 Cleveland St.

Vander Fest will feature beer from Big Lake Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Unruly Brewing Co., Greenbush Brewing and Oddside Ales.

Several food trucks that will be on-site include Dalty Raes, Standard Pizza and Righteous Cuisine.

Vander Mill will also provide cider donuts, coffee and hot cider.

“We’ve cultivated some of our favorite West Michigan businesses and entertainment and brought them together for our biggest event of the year,” said Paul Vander Heide, owner, Vander Mill. “Fall is the best time of year in Michigan, and what better way to enjoy it than with a hard cider with friends?”

This year’s Vander Fest will have several new features, including:

  • Laser Beam Lounge: a tented area filled with laser beams, Vander Mill ciders and a laser-themed photo booth
  • Live music by Social Bones and DJ Nick Awesome
  • Crystal Court: a tented area tucked into the woods and surrounded by fog, featuring a dozen Vander Mill ciders on nitro
  • Barrel-aged booth, which will supply all of Vander Mill’s barrel-aged ciders

Attendees can purchase tickets online.

Tickets are available until 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.

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