Above: Mr. E’s Cider Donut & Custard Shop. Below: Eckert’s Cider Shed.
Eckert’s Farms is opening two attractions following a multi-million-dollar construction project at the Belleville location.
Eckert’s Cider Shed and Mr. E’s Cider Donut & Custard Shop officially debuts on Friday, June 10.
Located between Eckert’s Country Store and Country Restaurant, the Cider Shed serves as a beer garden and lounge as well as a space for concerts and private events. The Cider Shed will host a summer concert series called Shows in the Shed, beginning this weekend on Friday, June 10, with country music singer Matt Stell. Mr. E’s Cider Donut & Custard Shop, formerly the indoor Cooking Classroom connected to Eckert’s Country Store, offers a selection of sundaes and sweets made with Eckert’s seasonal produce and baked goods.
Eckert’s Cider Shed is open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mr. E’s Cider Donut & Custard Shop is open Saturday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
More than 750,000 guests visit Eckert’s farm each year, and the family farm sees the additions as a transformative way to ensure that the Belleville facility remains relevant and exciting for future generations of Eckert’s guests.
“This is the biggest project that we have taken on since the Country Store and Restaurant were built in 2010,” Chris Eckert, president and CEO of Eckert’s Farms, said. “We believe that these advancements create an experience that people of all ages can enjoy and furthers our commitment to being one of the best agritourism farms that we can be. We hope to welcome new and returning guests to make memorable moments together and for years to come.”
After the successful launch of a hard cider line last spring, the Cider Shed will be a gathering place for guests to experience Eckert’s cider products as well as other beers and seasonal cocktails, alongside a food menu specifically made for the space.
The 3,500-square-foot venue hosts a full bar and dining room, which is connected to a covered outdoor pavilion. The pavilion, with a capacity for 400 people, serves as a beer garden for the farm with an outdoor bar and a large stage at the east end for summer concerts and fall entertainment. The Cider Shed is also available for private event rentals from corporate gatherings to weddings, showers, and birthdays.
Eckert’s Cider Shed offers the farm’s complete line of handcrafted hard cider, highlighting fruits that are grown on the farm, including Well Red (strawberry apple), Berried Alive (blackberry apple), Peach and Quiet (peach apple), and Roadcider (apple), and is available on draft for the first time. Eckert’s also released a new cider to honor the opening of the Cider Shed, Burnin Spurs, which features the flavors of apple, mango and habanero and is available on tap only.
The cocktail menu rotates seasonally, with summer beverages made with Eckert’s fruit: Strawberry Shortcake cocktail, Orchard Cooler Pouch, Apple Cider Mule and more. The food menu features a selection of shareables, salads, power bowls and desserts. Guests can try shareables such as a Pretzel with Hard Cider Fondue, Brisket Nachos and Trio of Dips; seasonal salads like the Summer Berry Salad will rotate and power bowls like the Korean Power Bowl offer a punch of health and flavor. The Cider Shed also caters to furry friends with a menu of doggie desserts (Begging for Beef & the Cluck ‘n Moo).