9:00 am09:00

Apple Festival

  • Federal Way Farmers Market


Event Phone: (253) 261-0207 | Facebook

Sep 20

Washington Cider Week 2015

Celebrate Washington's beloved apple and the most exciting beverage at over 100 events across the state, from tap take overs, tasting flights, food pairings, cidermaker dinners and more. Sponsored by Northwest Cider Association and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazines

3:00 pm15:00

Cider Fete

  • Bottlehouse

Cider fans, here's your chance to sample new brews or old standbys poured by the folks who make them as we salute Northwest Cider and the culmination of Washington Cider Week in Bottlehouse's garden and patio.

Participating cideries include: Alpenfire Cider, Dragon's Head Cider, Elemental Cider, Finnriver, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Snowdrift Cider Company, Schilling Cider, Tieton Cider Works and Whitewood Cider Co.

Ticket includes admission, live music and 10 tasting tickets. Enjoy special menu items and cheesemonger pairings, as well as our full menu.

$25 in advance
$30 at the door

email for ticket purchases

Event Phone: (206) 708-7164

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10:00 am10:00

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest

  • Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest is a day of fun, family entertainment that truly celebrates our valley's incredible harvest season. Located on Wenatchee Avenue between Yakima and First Streets, Taste of the Harvest will feature numerous family friendly activities, food and artisan vendors, harvest market vendors, and a beer and wine garden put on by NCW Wine Country. Cider will be featured both at the event itself, and at local establishments such as Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery, and Badger Mountain Brewery.

Presented by The Wenatchee Downtown Association. Located on Wenatchee Avenue between Yakima and First Streets, Wenatchee, WA.

Contact: Robert Edgar
Event Phone: (509) 662-0059



4:00 pm16:00

Harvest Moon Festival: Cider, Brews & Blues

  • Skagit Riverwalk Park

A celebration of the harvest, featuring blues music and local craft beers and ciders. Enjoy an autumn evening on our beautiful new Riverwalk Park plaza, with the magic Skagit River as a backdrop for wonderful music, food, and libations! Put on by the Mount Vernon Downtown Association.

Event phone: (360) 336-3801

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Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making at Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Sep 27

Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Join Finnriver Farm & Cidery for an Autumn day on the Olympic Peninsula to learn how to make your own hard cider! This workshop provides a history and overview of hard cider styles and production, and instruction in basic principles of apple selection, pressing, fermentation, aging and bottling.

12:00 pm12:00

Cider Swig - 2nd Annual Greater Peninsula Cider Festival

  • Greater Gig Harbor Foundation


Following on a tremendous inaugural event in 2014, the CIDER SWIG returns to Gig Harbor on National Public Lands Day 2015.

Last year, over 1,200 joined the CIDER SWIG for a fun-filled afternoon of cider sipping, noshing delectable eats, taking in live music, cider-centric arts, "apple launching", and great fun in the Kids Apple Zone!

Coming into our second year of the CIDER SWIG we have over 50 regional ciders lined up to date!

Again, select food pairings will be provided by local restaurants / food trucks and cideries will have presented ciders for sale, under the Cider Tent, to take home.

The Cider Swig Stage will be ALIVE - giving you a chance to "get your swig on" throughout the day!

$28 - ONLINE (TO 9/15)
$32 - LATE ONLINE (THRU 9/25)
$35 - AT GATE (9/26 @ GATE - *LIMITED)

*Ticket sales limited to 1,400. Advance ticket purchase encouraged.

Ticket price includes: 5 drink tokens, commemorative festival glass, and access to music, food, Cider Talk/Demonstration tent, 'Apple Launch Challenge', cider press demonstrations, and other activities. Additional tokens available at festival.

ID is required to enter the Cider Garden. Under 21 free entry (no Cider Garden access).

This is an accessible and family-fun event. The Kids Apple Zone will have a variety of games and activities for those under 21, cider demonstrations/talks/tips and more by area experts, and a drop-off for children under 12. Accessible pathways will be present to ensure all can participate in this community event.

Proceeds go to support environmental conservation, education, and local initiatives that include maintaining and expanding area parks and trails, and protecting agricultural and natural lands, and our greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula region watershed.

Cidery/Cidermaker Application available on line at: or send us an email @ | Facebook

12:01 am00:01

NW Ciderfest

  • Pioneer Courthouse Square

Benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and local cideries of the Pacific Northwest.

Ticket information TBD.

Check out the website for more information.


Oct 11

Cider Fest 2015 - A Harvest Celebration

  • Orondo Cider Works

A year’s worth of care and prayer now brings us to the harvest—a time of great excitement and joy as the crop is gathered. Truly a time for celebrating with friends and kin! Please join us for the fun. Live Music, Kids activities, Bin Train Orchard tours, Pumpkin Patch, BBQ, Cider Tasting, Apple Slingshot and more. Our cider tasting is presented by Orondo Community Scholarships. They use the funds raised to support local students in pursuit of college educations. You can help a good cause as you learn more about some of the wonderful ciders from our area.
Event Phone: (509) 784-1029

Sharon Podlich


Oct 25

BC Cider Week

Cider is hot! This week kicks off with the first craft cider festival in  Vancouver, B.C. Then sample a wide  variety of great Northwest ciders throughout the region served up in a wide variety of cool and creative ways, Get out and explore tap takeovers, cider dinners, food and cider pairings, cider flights and cocktails featuring cider and spirits. Stay tuned for a detailed events calendar this summer!


8:15 am08:15

Business of Making Hard Cider Work Shop

  • Skagit Farmers Supply (Main Office)

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, business plans, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance. 

Classes will include:

• Cidery Investment and Operating Costs

• Buying Apples/Cider from the Producer

The class will be held in the Skagit Farmers Supply main office conference room.  Access is through the rear of the building.  Parking is available in the front or rear lots, or on the street.

Fee includes beverages and lunch.

NABC Network members receive a 10% discount on registration. Please contact the NABC office for the discount code.

NABC would like to thank our collaborators:

4:00 pm16:00

Sausage and Cider Fest

  • Covington Community Park

Sausage and cider? What's not to love?!?! You better come hungry because you will get the chance to taste delectable sausage, foods made with sausage, and other goodies during the Sausage and Cider Fest. Cider-lovers will get to sample hard ciders from around the Northwest. Bringing a non-cider fan with you? Don't worry, there will be craft beer and wine available to taste from local breweries and wineries, too. The main stage will feature live musical performances during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back, relax and enjoy the music, after getting their fill of sausage and cider first, of course!

Organized by the Covington Kiwanis Club

Event Phone: (253) 480-2402


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10:00 am10:00

Cider Breakfast in the Orchard

  • Alpenfire

Following Port Townsend's Summer Cider Day, join a dozen cidermakers and 20 other cider enthusiasts at Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider’s Cider Breakfast in the Orchard on Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m.

Alpenfire’s owners, Steve and Nancy Bishop, will serve a Ploughman's-style breakfast in the orchard with fare similar to what one might enjoy in traditional European cider country. The menu includes pork and apple bangers, local cheeses, cured meats, Pane de Amore breads toasted on the grill, sautéed potatoes, peppers and onions, cider baked beans, pickled eggs and piles of fresh fruit. You’ll be accompanied by a dozen or more cidermakers, many of whom have camped out in the orchard the night before (a four year Summer Cider Day tradition). The feast will be accompanied by pomosas (mimosas made with cider) and tastings of each cidermakers’ favorite ciders.

Tickets are $20 and available through Brown Paper Tickets. Orchard is located at 220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Cheers and hope to see you there!

Summer Cider Day 2015
12:00 pm12:00

Summer Cider Day 2015

  • Northwest Maritime Center


Fifth annual celebration returns to scenic North Puget Sound with 60 ciders to sip, live music from award-winning duo and gourmet fare

Summer Cider Day welcomes 17 cideries for a day of tasting and merriment on the Port Townsend Waterfront

Port Townsend, Wash. – (June 30, 2015) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces details for its fifth annual Summer Cider Day taking place Saturday, August 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. With more than 60 ciders to try, music from the dynamic, award-winning bluegrass band, the Whiskey Minstrels, and gourmet gluten-free fare from Sirens Pub, this family friendly event showcases some of the top cideries from Washington, Oregon and Montana.

“It’s been really exciting to see Summer Cider Day grow and evolve year over year as cider continues to gain in popularity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “This is one of the largest cider tasting events in Washington state and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region.”

Summer Cider Day’s participating cideries and ciders:

ALPENFIRE CIDER, Port Townsend, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: Pirate’s Plank, Spark!, Dungeness

DRAGON’S HEAD CIDER, Vashon Island, Washington
Manchurian Cider, Wild Fermented Cider, Pippin Cider, Traditional Cider

E.Z. ORCHARDS CIDRE, Salem, Oregon Facebook
Serving: Cidre Dry, Poire, Roman Beauty Cider, Cidre Semi Dry

EAGLEMOUNT WINE & CIDER, Port Townsend, Washington Facebook
Serving: Homestead Dry, Ginger Cider, Raspberry Ginger, Rhubarb Cider

FINNRIVER FARM & CIDERY, Chimacum, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: Perry, Spirited Blackberry Wine, Apple Abbey, Lavender Black Currant

LIBERTY CIDERWORKS, Spokane, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: McIntosh SV, Turncoat, Stonewall, English Style

LOCUST CIDER, Woodinville, Washington
Serving: Original Dry, Green Tea Infused, Dark Sweet Cherry

Serving: North Fork Traditional, Darby Pub Cider, Small Batch - McIntosh

NASHI ORCHARDS, Vashon Island, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: Chojuro Perry Flora Perry, Issho Ni Cider

NEIGEL VINTERS, East Wenatchee, Washington Facebook
Serving:  Hoppin’ Pear, Pear Essentials, Ginger Pear, Pearfect Pie

NEW WEST CIDER, Portland, Oregon
Serving: Tart Cherry, Hopped Cider

REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER, Portland, Oregon Twitter Facebook
Serving: The Passion, ¡Tepache!, Revival Hard Apple, Hallelujah Hopricot

SCHILLING CIDER, Seattle, Washington  Twitter Facebook
Serving: Hopped Cider., Ginger Cider, Grapefruit Cider

SEA CIDER, Saanichton, British Columbia Twitter Facebook
Serving: Prohibition, Perry, Bramble Bubbly, Pippins

SNOWDRIFT CIDER CO., East Wenatchee, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: Red, Perry, Dry

SPIRE MOUNTAIN CIDERS, Olympia, Washington
Serving: Dark & Dry, Sparkling Pear, Red Apple

SQUARE MILE CIDER, Portland, Oregon Twitter Facebook
Serving: Spur & Vine Hopped Cider, Square Mile Original

TIETON CIDER WORKS, Yakima, Washington Twitter
Serving: Wild Washington Apple, Apricot, Rambling Route

Serving: Bloom, Dry, Golden Russet, Wanderlust

WHITEWOOD CIDER CO., Olympia, Washington Twitter Facebook
Serving: Old Fangled Heirloom, Gravenstein, Kingston Black Barrel Aged, Summer Switchel Cider

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission for one, 10 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Additional taste tickets, fare from Sirens Pub, and bottles of most of the featured ciders will be available for purchase. The Northwest Maritime Center is located at 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Event tickets and event details are available at

Port Townsend is accessible by ferry from Seattle or Victoria and by car via Highway 101 from Olympia and Portland. For directions, ferry schedules, lodging and visitor information visit Summer Cider Day is sponsored by Cameron Nursery, FruitSmart, G & D Chillers, Ryan's Juice and Capitol Cider.

About Northwest Cider Association

Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Fee includes keepsake NWCA tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.

This is a Family Friendly event!

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Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival
11:00 am11:00

Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival

  • Eastsound Village Green

Join us for the 5th annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival benefiting our Farm to Cafeteria Program.

An awesome variety of hard cider and mead producers from California to Canada will be pouring samples and selling bottles to take home. There will be music and fermentation demos at the festival and food pairings at local restaurants and bars. 

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Orcas so plan your visit soon.


Head on out to the 5th Annual Cider and Mead Festival on Orcas. Check out the website for more details!

Jun 28

Oregon Cider Week 2015

Join us for the
Fourth Annual Oregon Cider Week!

Celebrate the Northwest’s most exciting craft beverage revolution with tastings, tap take-overs, cider dinners, and more. Dozens of separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout the state of Oregon.

Sponsored by the Northwest Cider Association and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazine

Jun 18

OSU Northwest Beer and Cider Sessions - Craft Cidery Startup Workshop

  • Portland, OR

Read an excerpt from the course's website:

Are you ready to be a cider entrepreneur? Let our industry experts help.

Along with the rise of micro breweries and micro distilleries, the cider industry is seeing increased demand for more flavors and styles of cider. Changing laws and regulations around the United States have made small cideries a feasible option and the cider market is ready for fresh and innovative home recipes. If you are dreaming of opening your own cidery, join the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop to learn the logistics of opening your own cidery.

Taught by seasoned cider industry practitioners, the workshop will walk you through the basics of business planning, understanding market feasibility, ingredient sourcing and equipment, local and national regulations, distribution and marketing. You’ll gain entrepreneurial insight from exclusive access to local cidery founders through presentations and field trips that would be possible nowhere other than Portland, Ore.

Cost: $1,275 plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee

What you will learn:

  • Recognize cider making opportunities in your community
  • Learn best practices for growing and marketing your cidery
  • Develop capital and infrastructure including how to source ingredients and equipment
  • Gain entrepreneurial insight from local cidery owners
  • Understand current trends in the cider industry
  • Discover elements of a successful cider company and management culture


1:00 pm13:00

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Announces Second Annual Cider Competition and Tasting Festival

  • The Woods Tasting Room

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce the second annual cider competition and public tasting event!

Presented by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company and Capitol Cider, PNWCA is comprised of a private judging and competition on Friday, June 5, followed by one-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood on Saturday, June 6. With more than 40 cideries participating and 30+ ciders on tap, PNWCA is intended to raise awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout the region and offer an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.   

The Woods will be open with food available from popular food truck Bread & Circuses. Tickets will be available online through Brown Paper Tickets beginning May 1 for $20, or $25 at the door. Each ticket receives tokens for eight 5-ounce pours, with additional tokens available for purchase. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event to share their ciders and information about their cideries. Additional festival details, including a list of ciders to be poured, will be released as the date nears.

For more information, visit Also, be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events!





8:15 am08:15

COURSE: Business of Making Hard Cider

  • Skagit Farmers Supply

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance. 

Classes will include:

• Cidery Investment and Operating Costs 

• Buying Apples/Cider from the Producer 

The class will be held in the Skagit Farmers Supply main office conference room.  Access is through the rear of the building.  Parking is available in the front or rear lots, or on the street.

Fee of $95 includes beverages and lunch.

12:00 pm12:00

Cider Summit San Francisco

  • The Presidio Civil War Parade Grounds

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit festival to The Presidio in San Francisco, CA. 

Cider Summit San Francisco is presented by Whole Foods Market and will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane, and the California Cider Association.

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings, which will be available in 4-ounce portions.  Cider Summit will feature over 120 ciders including regional favorites and international classics.  The event will also feature specially selected food pairings from Whole Foods Market, a "Dog Lounge" hosted by Berkeley Humane, as well as an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 (cash only, if tickets remain) at the door and include a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.    Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water.  Accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge.


9:00 am09:00

Bench Grafting & Top Working Workshop

  • Allen Fire Station

Gary Moulton, Pomologist & Orchardist instructs this hands-on workshop. Attendees will learn how to make bench grafts and how to topwork a larger tree in an orchard. For the bench grafts scionwood sourced from Cider & Perry varieties will be provided so attendee can graft onto their rootstocks and take them home and plant at end of day.  If student so desires they can bring their own apple or pear scionwood varieties for grafting.  Emphasis will be on techniques so students will have wood to practice with before completing the final grafts. 

A field trip to a local orchard will follow and provide attendees the opportunity to topwork larger trees. Gary will demonstrate different grafting techniques followed by attendees grafting the larger trees in the orchard. Attendees should bring their own hand clippers.

Registration fee of $110.00 includes new pruning knife, beverages & lunch.


Contact: Karen Mauden,

6:00 pm18:00

Join Finnriver for a Seasonal Cider Dinner at Gastropod

Join us Seattle farm-to-table food lovers at Gastropod restaurant for a freshly foraged meal paired with the following special release and traditional Finnriver ciders: Cyser, Golden Russet, Barrel Berry Sour, Fire Barrel. This should be an extraordinary meal at a renowned seasonal restaurant, bringing out the best in our ciders with succulent food pairings. The chef, Travis Kukull, is known for his spontaneous, foraged creations featuring local ingredients. Crystie Kisler, Finnriver's farmwife, will be there to share stories with the meal.

Reservations required.
Four paired courses $65. Does not include gratuity and tax.

Please request a reservation at Seating is limited.

More information at


Hood River County Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
12:00 pm12:00

Hood River County Hard-Pressed Cider Fest

  • Hard-Pressed Cider Fest Venue

Hood River County, OR Chamber of Commerce presents its 2nd Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest. All ages.

Now in its second year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 30 ciders on tap. The daylong event also features local food vendors, produce and arts vendors, a kid’s area and a line-up of local music, from bluegrass to classic rock – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family.

Visit the website for more details.

Cider Rite of Spring 2015
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Rite of Spring 2015

  • Tiffany Center

Presented by
The Northwest Cider Association

Meet the hottest cidermakers in the Northwest and taste what's new!

Live music and food, plus cider store so you may take your favorites home.

$30 at the door, $25 in advance
NWCA members $20 in advance

Fee includes keepsake tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets

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8:30 am08:30

Cider and Perry Orcharding Workshop

  • Allen Fire Station

Northwest Agriculture Business Center/NABC offers a workshop tailor made for the orchardist wanting to grow cider & perry fruit. Gary Moulton, pomologist and local orchardist, will present on critical issues for marine climate orchardists of these specialty fruits. This will be practical, hands on workshop with part of the day spent in the orchard. Be certain to dress for the weather!

  • Cider & Perry varietals

  • Soil Fertility & Amendments

  • Planning, Planting & Orchard Layout

  • Pest Control

  • Grafting

  • Pruning, Training & Fruit Thinning

Fee: $95 includes beverages & lunch
NABC Network members receive a 10% discount on registration.

Workshop Contact: Karen Mauden (email) (phone) 425-466-8722

3:00 pm15:00

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Presents: THE RED FLESHTIVAL

  • Rev. Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider will host a special event as a cider-themed supplement to both Zwickelmania and Valentine's Day Rev. Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom.

The Red Fleshtival, brainchild of Nat West, is a unique cider event that assembles some of the rarest hard ciders available in the United States. The ciders will be available while supplies last.

Learn more at

11:00 am11:00

Cider Summit Chicago

  • Navy Pier

Cider Summit Chicago will feature over 120 ciders and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.

Tickets are $30 and are only sold online via Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets, and $1 donation to Heartland Alliance. Designated driver tickets are available for $5 and include a bottle of water.

For more information visit


Dec 19

Course: Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

A two-part course, with optional NACM certification*.  Part one may be taken separately, with or without the certification.  The class is typically held in conjunction with the Introduction to Cider Fruit Orchard Management workshop on a Saturday preceding or following the Cider course.  The course is suitable for beginners, new businesses and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike.  An additional registration fee of $145.00 is payable for those wishing to enter for the NACM Certification in Cider & Perry Appreciation. This additional fee includes a complimentary copy of the official textbook: Out of the Orchard – Into the Glass.

*NACM certification: Students may opt to receive a certificate in cider production from the National Association of Cider Makers, based in the UK.  The NACM Certificate in Cider & Perry Appreciation is the only formal cider industry specific qualification available in the world.  Certification can be a useful marketing and promotional tool for the aspiring cider professional.  More information about the NABC can be found on their website: 

Part 1: An Understanding of Cider & Perry:
Including extensive sensory analysis of cider & perry, this section aims to enable the participant to:

  • Develop a broad appreciation of the main types and styles of cider and perry, along with an understanding of the cider industry;
  • Gain an outline knowledge and unerstanding of the main principles and practices involved in making cider & perry;
  • Explore ways in which to encourage the positive  & responsible development of the industry & its products.

Part 2: Practical Production of Cider & Perry:
Including hands-on practical production and laboratory work, this part aims to provide:

  • A thorough grounding in the main methods and processes of cider and perry production; 
  • A wealth of knowledge, insight and technical know-how, drawn from many years of practical experience;
  • The skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for the production of quality cider and perry

The tutor:
Peter Mitchell-a highly qualified and internationally recognized expert in cider and perry making and tasting, leads the class. With over 30 years of practical experience, he is a professional trainer, a UK and USA cider competition judge and an award-winning producer in his own right.


  • Full course (Part 1 & 2): $999 (includes Orchard Management: Cider Fruit Production  class
  • Full course with NACM certification*: $1,144
  • Part 1 only: $395
  • Part 1 with NACM certification*: $540 

Class size is limited to 20 attendees.   Lunch, beverages, snacks and course materials are included with all options.

Link to course here

The course is full, but some spots are available for part I. We have a waiting list and we also have our dates for 2015. Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability. 360-336-3727 or

We also have cider workshops in October, 2014. Please contact NABC for more details.

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9:00 am09:00

Workshop: Business of Making Hard Cider

Business of Making Hard Cider

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research& Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, business plans, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance.

Classes will include:

  • Cidery Investment and Operating Costs
  • Buying Apples/Cider from the Producer

Fee: $95. Lunch and guided tasting of local ciders & cheeses included. Class is limited to 40 attendees. 

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3:30 pm15:30

Tilth Producers of WA Conference: Orchard Panel

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington

Tilth Producers of Washington is having their annual conference in Vancouver, WA from November 7th to the 9th. One of their workshop sessions features two NWCA members. Anyone interested in apple orchard establishment should try to attend! More general conference information listed below.

Workshops Session C1: New Apple Orchard Development: From the Soil Up

Mark Mazzola (USDA-ARS), Nick Gunn (Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Salem, OR), Keith Kisler (Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum, WA)

This workshop will introduce farmers to the requirements of developing a new apple orchard – both cider and sweet apple varieties. Mark Mazzola (USDA-ARS) will cover the basics of understanding your soil for site planning and establishment of a new orchard. Orchardists Nick Gunn (Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Salem, OR) and Keith Kisler (Finnriver Farm & Cidery Chimacum,WA) will discuss apple varieties and the support systems and equipment needed to plant new orchard. An overall discussion of the demand for hard cider apples will also be included.  

Tilth’s 40th anniversary at this year’s conference, Re-Imagine Agriculture, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, November 7 - 9, 2014.

Tilth Producers of Washington 40th Anniversary Conference, November 7-9 in Vancouver, Washington, will feature keynote addresses by Raj Patel and Mary Berry, opening symposia on "Growing for Nutrition" and "Holistic Management," Technical Assistance Fair, and 30 workshops on a wide range of topics related to rural and urban food production, education and advocacy. October 22nd is the deadline to register without a late fee. For the full program and online registration .


Workshop times, descriptions and presenters are subject to change.


City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste
5:00 pm17:00

City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste

  • Palace Ballroom

City Fruit’s 4th Annual Cider Taste is bigger and better than ever! Join us November 6th at Palace Ballroom for a celebration of our 2014 harvest, including tastes from 10 Pacific Northwest cideries and a City Fruit Marketplace featuring glassybaby, Stumbling Goat jam, cookbooks, and more. All proceeds go directly to benefit the 2015 harvest which provides fresh, local fruit for over 50 food access programs in the Puget Sound area.

10:00 am10:00

Fall Fruit Show

  • Cedar Valley Grange Hall

Seattle Tree Fruit Society presents their Fall Fruit Show

The day includes apple sales, cider pressing, heritage apple tasting, tool sharpening, Rubus tasting, and insect and disease information.

Admission is $10.

Visit their website for more information.

Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day with Music, Morris Dancers & Merriment on the Farm
12:00 pm12:00

Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day with Music, Morris Dancers & Merriment on the Farm

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, WA, invites the community to a free, family-friendly celebration of World Apple Day on Sunday, October 12th. This annual event features live music, country dancers, apple identification, apple treats and more.  New this year is a community Square Dance at 4:30 and the 'world premier' of a new short animation about Finnriver cider by local animator and filmmaker Andrea Love.  The 90 second film features wool figurines and a series of hand drawn images explaining the our cidermaking process.

The line-up of World Apple Day activities includes:

  12:30 Sound & Fury Morris Dancers

  1:00 Live music with the Twins and the Easily Persuaded

1:00 Apple Orchard Tours at Finnriver Orchard

  1:30 Screening of Andrea Love short animated film:

'Finnriver Cider: Farmcrafted with Love'

  2:00 Morris Country Dancers

  2:30-4:30 'Village Idiots' live old time music

 3:00 Apple Orchard Tour at Finnriver orchard

3:15-3:20 screening of animated film

4:30-6:00 Square Dance with the Apple Day Band

 Throughout the day:

Apple ID with Lori Brakken and North Olympic Fruit Club

Apple Art & Games

Caramel Apples by Elevated Candy Co

Woodfire Pizza with Dented Buoy

Tea and Coffee

Apple hand pies locally baked fresh from CRUST

Tasting Room open 12-5 for hard cider tastings

 Hot Cider

This event also celebrates our Calling All Apples Campaign, a community apple harvest that invites folks to bring apples to the farm for Finnriver to ferment.

Two years ago, Finnriver began the "Calling All Apples" capmagin and collected over 2,000 pounds of local apples, which we fermented into a hard cider with a community mission -- 10 cents of every bottle sold goes to the local Food Bank Association. For the third season, Finnriver is inviting folks from across the North Olympic Peninsula to bring their  backyard apples to Finnriver as donations to our Farmstead Cider Project. Some apples are just too bitter, bruised or bizarre to eat, but these extra earthy varieties can make a wonderful hard cider full of complexity and character.  We cannot accept heavily bruised or battered fruit. Starting October 1, people can bring their apples to Finnriver and add them to the big bin by the barn, or they can de dropped off in bins at the following locations in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene.

Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Quilcene Village Store

Discovery Bay Store


Nash's Farm store

Renaissance Cafe in Port Angeles

World Apple Day was initiated by the British community organization Common Ground in 1990 to help promote "local distinctiveness" and honor the unique apple and orchard heritage of different places.  The event has since been continued by people organizing hundreds of local events. “Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness...” (

The first Apple Day was on October 21, 1990 in Covent GardenLondon.

Finnriver seeks to bring this tradition to the Olympic Peninsula and invites the public to enjoy a day of entertainment and education on the farm. Overall, our goal is to create a great community event that celebrates the season of autumn, our local agricultural heritage and our regional apple abundance.  Finnriver co-owner Crystie Kisler says, “Part of the Finnriver mission is to welcome people onto this land and offer positive experiences of life on the small family farm.  The apple is a classic and beloved Washington fruit that we are happy to honor since it is adored in so many forms.”