Vashon Ciderfest 2014

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!

NW Ciderfest Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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 cking@mdausa.org or 503 223 3177.  

Fall Fruit Show

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.

  • Cedar Valley Grange Hall (map)
City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste

City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste

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.

  • Palace Ballroom (map)

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. 

 

Exact date in December TBA. More details coming soon.

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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: 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

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.

 Options:

  • 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 alicia@agbizcenter.org.

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

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Cider Rite of Spring 2015

Cider Rite of Spring 2015

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

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

  • Tiffany Center (map)

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

Summer Cider Day 2015

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!

For Tickets Click Here

  • Northwest Maritime Center (map)