The Cider Press at Dorset Days

The Cider Press at Dorset Days

The Cider Press at Dorset Days

Art Gilbert, Jr. gets some help with pressing cider from Peggy Benoit.

Art Gilbert, Jr. gets some help with pressing cider from Peggy Benoit.

A 60-year-old cider press, replica of an antique, provided fresh cider to thirsty children and adults at the Discover Dorset celebration on September 7. The press, built by Art Gilbert, Junior’s father and has been in the family since it was built, but on this festive day it was on the front lawn of the Dorset Historical Society where apples were cut in half, emptied into the bucket, and pressure applied. Art, Nancy Benoit and others worked the press. Pam Gilbert scooped the cider into cups and passed it out a fast as it was made. Alan and Nancy Benoit helped with the cutting, pressing and scooping, and Pam and Nancy had to retrieve more apples from the Steve Jones family so that cider could be made to meet the demand. Both the adults and kids vowed that it “tasted better than any cider they ever had.”

 

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