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.”