The month of October is ruled by the apple, as harvest time is at its peak all over the northern hemisphere. In spirit with the season, Finnriver is hosting its second annual World Apple Day Celebration!
Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day
with Entertainment and Education on the Farm
Contact: Crystie Kisler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-821-9836
Date: Saturday, October 19th
Location: Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum, WA 98325
Time: World Apple Day events 11-4; Taste, Temptation & Spells: 5-7pm
Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, WA, invites the community to a free, family-friendly celebration of World Apple Day on Saturday, October 19th.
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.”
Food, hard cider and apple juice will be all available for purchase.
The line-up of activities includes:
The World Apple Day celebration concludes with an adult cocktail event and performance in the Finnriver outdoor pavilion, exploring the myth, magic and mystery of the apple. The performance, titled Taste, Temptation and Spells: Apples in Folktales, Fairytales and Myth is presented by local storyteller Brian Rohr Storyteller. The event goes from 5-7 pm (for 21 yrs and over) and the $12.50 ticket includes cider cocktails and an apple treat. See detailed release below.
Calling All Apples Campaign:
Last year, Finnriver began a "Calling All Apples" event last year 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 second season, Finnriver is inviting folks from across the North Olympic Peninsula to bring their "funky" 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. Starting October 1, people can bring their apples to Finnriver and add them to the big bin by the barn. Then on Saturday, October 19, we will also have apple drop-off bins at the following spots in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum, Quilcene and Port Ludlow:
Chimacum Corner Farmstand