The 17th Annual
Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition

May 17-19, 2023
Grand Rapids, Michigan

The early registration window is now open for this year’s Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition! Here is a quick summary of what you need to know to register your entries.

Online Registration
Visit to register your entries. Entry fee payment is handled via PayPal, which accepts major credit and debit cards.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may register. You may register additional entries at any time while registration is open, simply by submitting a new entry form. You may not, however, enter the same product into multiple style categories.

Entry Fees and Deadlines
The early registration window is open through Monday, March 20th. Commercial Division fees are $75 per entry and Noncommercial Division fees are $20 per entry during this window. Entry fees will increase to $85 and $25 respectively on Tuesday, March 21st when the main registration window opens.

Sample Requirements
In the Commercial Division, nearly all style categories require three (3) bottles or cans of at least 330ml (11.1oz) for each entry. In the Noncommercial Division, all style categories require two (2) bottles of at least 330ml (11.1oz) for each entry. Visit and for more information.

Shipping Information
Samples must arrive at a designated collection point no later than Friday, May 5th. The collection points in the United States (Vander Mill) and Canada (Twin Pines) are the same as in recent years. Visit for more information.

Best in Class Awards
The top 3 entries in each primary judging flight (typically 10-12 entries) advance to Best in Class judging. There are 20 style classes in the Commercial Division and 6 style classes in the Noncommercial Division. Visit for a full list of classes and view past for past Best in Class winners.

Producers of the Year
Producer of the Year awards debuted in 2021. These awards are based on medal results in the primary judging: 9 points for each Gold, 3 points for each Silver, and 1 point for each Bronze. The cidermaker with the most points in each class is declared the winner. Here are this year’s classes:

Micro Cidermaker of the Year (5,000 gallons or less)
Small Cidermaker of the Year (5,001 to 25,000 gallons)
Midsize Cidermaker of the Year (25,001 to 500,000 gallons)
Large Cidermaker of the Year (500,001 gallons or more)
International Cidermaker of the Year
Amateur Cidermaker of the Year

Call for Judges and Stewards
We are now accepting judge applications for this year’s competition. There are also volunteer opportunities for stewards, who pour samples for judges. Please visit and complete the brief questionnaire if interested. For a list of judges from last year’s competition, visit

Anything Else?
Questions about entry registration or other matters regarding this year’s competition? Please reply to this message or email me directly at [email protected]

Eric West
Competition Director