Apple Tasting Review: Venersborg School

October 20, 2010

Last Sunday, my husband and I drove out east of Battle Ground, WA to the Venersborg School for their Heirloom Apple Tasting.

The event claimed to have 216 apples to taste, and was set up very similar to the Home Orchard Society’s All About Fruit Show. They said they had 216 apples to try, which were placed on plates with written identification only. The apples were also in alphabetical order, and there were volunteers there who would cut you off a piece to eat. In fact, there were Home Orchard Society members there running it, and there was also a similar panel of Home Orchard Society members there to identify apples. They did have some cider apples, but not as many.

The Venersborg School Heirloom Apple Tasting was strictly for apples, though, unlike the Home Orchard Society’s All About Fruit Show. In addition to tasting apples and apple identification, they did have some apple food products such as pies available for purchase. They also had a small handful of apple trees to buy.

It cost $5 per person or $10 for a family to go. They did not heat the little schoolhouse, for which I was glad I took my lightweight jacket to on such a nice October day. There was a picnic area set up outside.

I think I would go to this event on years I do not go to the Home Orchard Society’s All About Fruit Show. I say this because the two events are so similar and cost about the same to attend, but the All About Fruit Show is much larger with more apples and other fruits such as pears, but further away from where I live.

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