Apple and Cider Tasting Events

October 7, 2010

Being that it is October, it is time for the apple and cider tastings and festivals to happen. Also see Seattle Tree Fruit Society’s calendar for events all around the Pacific Northwest.

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Portland Nursery 23rd Annual Apple Tasting Event with Wandering Aengus Ciderworks hosting a Portland National Cider Fest
Friday-Sunday October 8, 9, 10 2010 and Friday-Sunday October 15, 16, 17, 2010, 10:00am – 5:00pm
5050 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

I went to this last year and must have tasted 50 apples and 15 pears, some of which the nursery has available to buy by the pound. Then I discovered that Wandering Aengus Ciderworks wrote to a whole bunch of cideries around the nation, who then sent cider for a tasting at the Nursery. This year they promise to have over 50 ciders, and offer 15 tastings for $5. Last year, a tasting was about two tablespoons or so. The Nursery also has fresh pressed juice available to purchase.

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Home Orchard Society All About Fruit Show
October 9-10, 2010, 10am-4pm
Washington County Fairplex, Hillsboro, OR

From their website: Learn about growing your own delicious, local, organic and economical fruit. Get advise on selecting, growing, pruning and harvesting fruit trees in your own yard Hundreds of varieties of pear, apple, grapes, quince & more to see & taste. Order your favorites for your own orchard! Speakers, Pie Baking Contest, Largest Fruit Contest, Apple Peeling Contest, Raffle Prizes. Free admission with new membership to Home Orchard Society. Member admission $4.00 per person or $8.00 per family. Non-member admission $6.00 per person or $10.00 per family.

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3rd Annual Vashon Island Ciderfest
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Vashon Island, WA

I got an itinerary from the Vashon Rotary Club.

  • 10am-4:00pm on the Village Green: Farmers Market, Fruit Club’s Fruit Show, Children’s fair. Free
  • 1-7pm at Misty Isle Farm: Misty Isle Farm, 3 miles south of town: 12011 SW 220th Street, Vashon Island
  • Silent Auction – All Day. Shop for art, crafts, food, wine, special events, get-aways, gift certificates and more at Misty Isle Farm.
  • 1:00 to 1:50 How to Taste Ciders. Ron Irvine of Irvine’s Vintage Cider will teach you to identify styles, types, flavor profiles, acidity, tannin, fruitiness & finish. A great warm-up to the grand tasting at 4:00. $10 tickets at the door.
  • 2:00 to 2:50 Making Cider . Doug Tuma, island cider-maker, and Drew Zimmerman, owner/cidermaker at Red Barn Cider in Mt. Vernon, will exchange ideas contrasting home and commercial cider-making. Free.
  • 3:00 to 3:50 Planting Your Cider Orchard . Dr. Bob Norton will detail what varieties of apple to plant, orchard layout, soil testing and amending, and guiding your apple trees to fruition. Includes budget and resources. Free.
  • Hard Cider Tasting. 4:00 – 7:00 pm $25 per person (age 21+), Featuring a dozen hard cider makers from the Pacific Northwest
  • Barbeque Chicken Dinner. 5:00 – 8:00 pm $12 per person
  • Barn Dance. 6:00 – 10:00 pm $12 per person (free for 12 & under)

Here is a review of the First Vashon Island Ciderfest.

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Venersborg School Fall Heirloom Apple Tasting
Sunday, October 17 from 11:00-4:00
24317 NE 209th St, Battle Ground, WA

The Venersborg School is on the National Register of Historic Places, and hosts an annual apple tasting of 200 apples. You can also bring apples for identification, which is done by the folks from the Home Orchard Society. Admission is $5, $10 for a family. See info posted by a co-sponsor.

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Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration
October 23-24, 2010
Various places in Hood River, OR

I’m assuming this is very similar to the Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration, with lots of apples to eat and purchase. See the website for all the fun additional activities.

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3 Responses to “Apple and Cider Tasting Events”


  1. […] On Saturday a few weekends ago, a bunch of my family members and I headed out to Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, OR for the Home Orchard Society’s “All About Fruit Show.” […]


  2. […] this year, as about 15 of the apples seemed to be ones you could get from the grocery store. I seem to remember last year there being a better selection, including two my husband really loved that did not return this […]


  3. […] the thing about the fruit tastings is that the best fruit is the ripe fruit, so if you held the tasting another week, a different variety would be your […]


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