Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Comes to Emerging South Waterfront Neighborhood

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The inaugural Portland event will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11am-7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood along the Willamette River.  The event is presented by Barbur World Foods ( & Bushwhacker Cider (

Last September, SBS & Seattle Beer Collective created Cider Summit NW in Seattle with a tasting of over 50 elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, and France.  “We received an enthusiastic response from both the producers and attendees,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts.  “We are very excited to expand to Portland and reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3-ounce and 6-ounce portions.  Each featured cider is made from 100% pressed apples (or pears) and is made without concentrates or other additives.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature food from SE Portland’s Ya Halah restaurant, ongoing demonstrations of apple pressing courtesy of Bushwhacker and Ryan’s Juice, and non-alcoholic beverages from Maletis Beverage.  The Portland Aerial Tram will be offering 2-for-1 rides to event attendees and Cider Summit NW encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event

 “We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “This new park is a great setting, and we expect a terrific range of ciders.  The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets.  From 11a-12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. The event is 21 and over only.  Dogs will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit

Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association ( and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (  The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.  Cider Summit NW is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors KNRK 94/7 alternative Portland, Maletis Beverage, Ryan’s Juice, Portland Aerial Tram, Portland Streetcar, and South Waterfront Community Relations office.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro – SBS Imports

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