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!