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.
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.
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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
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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
For more information and to submit events visit our Oregon Cider Week Page.
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.
JUNE 27, 2015 VILLAGE GREEN, EASTSOUND, WA 11-4
Head on out to the 5th Annual Cider and Mead Festival on Orcas. Check out the website for more details!
Meet the best of the Northwest at the fifth annual cider festival!
There will be live music and food, plus a cider store so you may take your favorites home.
$30 at the door, $25 in advance
NWCA members $20 in advance
Fee includes keepsake NWCA tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.
This is a Family Friendly event!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Four paired courses $65. Does not include gratuity and tax.
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.
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
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
Pruning, Training & Fruit Thinning
Fee: $95 – includes beverages & lunch
NABC Network members receive a 10% discount on registration.
Workshop Contact: Karen Mauden (email) Karen@agbizcenter.org (phone) 425-466-8722
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 revnats.com.
Northwest Agriculture Business Center/NABC presents a 1-day seminar on The State of Cider. Presenters include internationally renowned Cider Maker & Educator Peter Mitchell.
Fee includes beverages and lunch. Workshop Contact: Karen Mauden Karen@agbizcenter.org (phone) 425-466-8722
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 cidersummit.com. 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 www.CiderSummit.com.
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: http://cideruk.com/nacm
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
We also have cider workshops in October, 2014. Please contact NABC for more details.
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.
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 see:www.tilthproducers.org/programs/conference-2 .
Workshop times, descriptions and presenters are subject to change.
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.
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
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
PT Food COOP
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...” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Day)
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.”
Portland Nursery Cider Tasting is October 11 & 12 and October 18 & 19, 11am to 5pm
2014 marks the inaugural year for the NW CIDERFEST benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Located at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, OR, this fun-filled event celebrates all things autumn. Sample ciders from over 20 different NW vendors, cheese and food pairings, enjoy live music, family fun activities including pony rides and apple pie eating contest. Shop for cider in the cider store.
Tickets on sale: Family Pass $10, General Admission $25 and VIP Admission $75. Learn more and buy tickets now at www.nwciderfest.org
The NW Cider Association and the local chapter of the MDA have partnered to offer this fun filled event celebrating all things autumn.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 223 3177.
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS CIDER AT CIDERFEST!
Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.
Why cider lost popularity in the US is up for scholarly debate, but as more people look to eat local, support sustainable agriculture and help small farms grow artisan crafted local ciders are growing in popularity. Vashon is home to many small farms, specialty orchards and talented cider makers. Even the casual gardener has apple and pear trees growing in their yards and probably has a cider press in the garage.
Join us on Saturday October 11th for Vashon’s CiderFest as the Vashon community celebrates of all things cider!
The day will be filled with fun events, exhibits and treats for all ages. Some of the planned activities are:
FRESH CIDER PRESSING! at Saturday Farmers Market 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Village Green, Vashon Town Center south of Bank Rd.
The Vashon Island Fruit Club will be at the Village Green pressing apples and offering tastings of cider, you can also purchase fresh cider, homemade apple crisps, and apple trees. Also featured will be a Kid's Cider Press!
FIRE & RESCUE OPEN HOUSE! 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fire Station 55 at 10020 SW Bank Rd.
Stop by Vashon Island Fire and Rescue will have their Annual Family Open House at Fire Station 55. Stop by to visit with local Fire & Rescue staff, enjoy, hotdogs, bouncy houses, fire trucks, an, air lift demonstration and other fun activities.
NASHI ORCHARDS ORCHARD TOUR! 1:00 PM
25407 Wax Orchard Road SW
Take a tour of Nashi Orchards to see what makes their Perry so special.
Tour starts at 1:00 PM sharp.
DRAGON'S HEAD ORCHARD TOUR! 2:00 PM
18201 107th Ave SW
Tour the orchards of Vashon's own Dragon's Head Cider! Tour starts at 2:00 PM.
VIGA LOCAL CIDER TASTING! 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Seattle Distilling 19429 Vashon Highway SW
Sample Vashon grown and crafted ciders from Dragon's Head, Irvine's Vintage and Nashi Orchards at The CiderFest Cider Tasting hosted by Vashon Island Growers Association and located at Seattle Distilling. There will also be fresh cider snow cones, food, music and other fun activities for kids and adults!
WINE TASTING & WINE CLUB PICK UP PARTY & PALOUSE WINERY Noon to 5:00 PM
12431 Vashon Highway SW
Check out the wines made by Vashon's Palouse Winery during their quarterly Wine Club pick up party.
CIDER STOMP DANCE! at OPEN SPACE for ARTS & COMMUNITY 7:00 PM to 9:00PM.
18870 103rd Ave SW
Get your dance on at Open Space for Arts and Community! Dance lessons start at 7:00 so you will have sweet moves by 7:15!
Look for CIDERFEST SPECIALS at local restaurants, galleries and stores!
Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making
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. Aside from getting a "behind the scenes" glimpse into Finnriver Farm's cider making facility, students will press apples and take home a 1 gallon jug of fermenting hard cider at the end of the day. Students are welcome to bring their own apples (15 pounds minimum) or purchase from Finnriver. Students must be 21 years and older to participate.
Join us in learning skills based on "hand to hand" instruction that is practical, experiential and inspiring. Our courses and the talented instructors reflect our mission to preserve and restore the skills, traditions and arts of rural living.
Ages- Adult :: $130 + 15 material fee
Instructor Andrew Byers
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Join us in beautiful Orondo, WA at Orondo Cider Works for a family friendly harvest celebration to include: Food/BBQ, live music, hard cider tasting, bouncy house, orchard tours, hay pyramid, and more!
Event Phone: (509) 784-1029
Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/orondociderworks
50 regional (hard) ciders highlight the festival!
Cideries presenting include: Alpenfire, Dragon's Head, Finnriver, Nashi Orchards, ReFinnriver Cidery, Whitewood Cider Co., Dragon's Head Cider, Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Alpenfire Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Nashi Orchards, The Methow Valley Ciderhouse (confirmed to date)
The CIDER SWIG stage will have live music all day:
12-1pm: Spare Thyme (twin fiddles)
1-2pm: Lobo Del Mar (Celtic-Bluegrass-Flamenco fusion)
2-3pm: The Early Birds (American folk, rock, soul guitar)
3-4pm: Budapest West (High-energy World fusion)
4-5pm: Billy Farmer (Classic Americana)
Select food pairings by area restaurants ($5 small and $10 large). Cideries will also have available ciders for sale, to take home, during the event.
- $25 advance online (through 9/15)
- $32 at gate (**only 200 "at gate" tickets**).
- $10 designated driver.
Tickets available @ www.ciderswig.eventbrite.com
Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Sales on first come-first-served basis limited to 1,400.
Ticket includes: 5 drink tokens, festival glass, and access to music, food, activities, and more. Additional tokens available at festival. ID required to enter the cider area. Under 21 free entry.
The event is presented by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Parks and Environment Core Area Board.
Proceeds will support environmental conservation and education, and other initiatives of the Foundation’s Parks & Environment CAB, which include maintaining and expanding parks, trails and natural areas of the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas.
Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year
Guiding students throughout the production year with in-depth discussions and demonstrations of orcharding techniques needed on a seasonal basis.
Fee: Four-part series-$330. Orcharding section only (3 classes)-$250. Individual classes-$95 each. All classes include beverages and lunch.
Date/ Time: (See individual classes for details).
Location: Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA
In this series of one-day workshops, we will cover the intricacies of apple and pear orcharding, providing students with information crucial to becoming a successful commercial producer. Training covers everything from evaluating the business plan, to starting an orchard, choosing plant material, orchard maintenance, and equipment needed. Enterprise Feasibility kicks off the year, followed by Orcharding courses spread out over three seasons.
The Orcharding section of this four-part series is led by fruit production expert Gary Moulton. Gary worked in the Fruit Horticulture department of the Washington State University - Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center from 1980 to 2010. In 1991 he took over the management, direction, and leadership of the Fruit Research program. He holds a Master’s Degree from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pomology/Fruit Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. These courses are listed in the Events Calendar under Cider and Perry Orcharding Through the Year.
Date/Time: September 19, 2014. 8:30 AM to 4:30PM.
Location: Skagit Valley Gardens (Mount Vernon, WA).
This workshop will explain orchard layout based on rootstock performance, guide students to choose the best varieties for particular markets, determine correct spacing, and cover factors affecting fruit production yields. Students will get an overview of routine tasks for fall orcharding, including calculating fertilizer needs and using equipment to apply them, preparing for Winter, the do’s and don’ts of scion wood, and the surprisingly tricky task of working with a nursery to order grafted trees. Topics:
• Orchard Layout
• Soil Testing & Amendments
• Rootstock Selection for fruit varieties
• Fall Clean-Up & Pest Control
• How to Collect & Store Scion Wood
• Working with the Nursery
These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly. Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727
For more information go to http://www.agbizcenter.org
Its now back to school time and Finnriver Farm & Cidery is bringing their “An Apple for Teacher Cider Tasting” to Saraveza on Friday, September 5th. Taking place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Finnriver will be offering complimentary samples of their craft ciders, award-winning port style apple wine and healthy bites of organic, local apples.
An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting as part of their Annual Back to School Cider Showcase. Limited release Seasonal Ciders from Finnriver will be available on draft for the event along with bottles for carryout. Fresh, raw apples will be sliced to taste, showcasing culinary varieties sometimes used in cider making. Attendees are encouraged to learn a bit about culinary and cider fruit, explore a variety of flavors, tastes and generally enjoy the bounty of the fermented and unfermented apples.
The evening’s featured Ciders & Wine include the following.
Farmstead Cider is the product of a community collaboration. Each Fall, Finnriver invites neighbors across the north Olympic Peninsula to bring their bruised, bitter or bizarre backyard apples in honor of World Apple Day. This charismatic collection of fruit is then fermented. The result is a semi-sweet, unfiltered, frontier-style cider with rustic origins and a juicy apple character. Farmstead then returns the good will of the community as Finnriver allocates 1o cents on every bottle sale of this blend to local food banks. 6.5% abv (in bottle)
Forest Ginger Cider
Forest Ginger Cider, a Fall seasonal blend in the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line tastes like a walk through the orchard and in the woods. A crisp cider with a bright apple core, earthy resinous notes and the warmth of crushed ginger root for a hint of heat. Made from a base of organic Washington and heirloom apples with fir tips harvested from the forest at Finnriver and organic ginger. 6.5% abv (on draft & in bottle)
Lavender Black Currant
Lavender Black Currant Cider celebrates the botanical bounty and beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Savor the lingering tastes of summer with this special limited release cider, also from the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line. A refreshing purple-hued sparkling cider featuring the organic Washington apple fermented and blended with the sweet and tart delights of black currant. Add to that the delicate floral notes of organic Sequim lavender, sourced from Purple Haze farm, and you have a delicious taste of the summer season. 6.5% abv (draft & bottle)
“Elijah K. Swan” Ciders are named after the good folks who sold us the farm (Lige & Kay Christian) and who first planted apple trees here, as well as for the trumpeter swans that overwinter in the valley. This cider is a tribute to them and to those big white birds who remind us that earth is still wild.
Port-Style Apple Wine
Port-Style Apple Wine or Spirited Apple Wine is a richer, dessert offering. The wholesome apple may surprise you with the sultry side revealed in this sumptuous apple wine, handcrafted on Finnriver’s Olympic Peninsula family farm. After fermenting the fruit, the tantalizing sweetness of the apples is captured by fortifying with custom-distilled apple brandy. May it bring you warmth and good cheer! 18.5% abv (in bottle)
DOUBLE GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, WA, Seattle Wine Awards, 2013
GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2013
BRONZE, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2011