VASHON CIDERFEST 2016
Saturday October 1st, 2016
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 1st 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:
Saturday Farmer's Market 10 AM to 2 PM
Vashon Island Fruit Club experts will be on hand at the Farmer's Market to help you identify your mystery apples. Bring 3 to 4 samples of each time for identifying. Also if you want to start growing your own fruit the Fruit Club will be taking orders for trees specially selected to grow well on Vashon Island.
FRESH CIDER PRESSING! 10 AM to 3 PM
Vashon Village across from the Vashon Library in front of the Lodges on Vashon
17205 Vashon Hwy SW, .
The Vashon Island Fruit Club will be pressing Vashon grown apples and selling fresh cider and homemade apple crisps! Kids will get a chance to press apples with the Kid's Press.
FIRE & RESCUE OPEN HOUSE! 10 AM to 2 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, hot dogs, bouncy houses, fire trucks, an, air lift demonstration and other fun activities.
NASHI ORCHARDS TASTING ROOM & ORCHARD TOUR!
Tours at Noon, 11 AM & 1 PM
25407 Wax Orchard Road SW
Take a tour of Nashi Orchards to see what makes their Perry so special.
DRAGON'S HEAD TASTING ROOM & ORCHARD TOURS!
Tours at Noon, 11 AM & 1 PM
18201 107th Ave SW
Tour the orchards of Vashon's own Dragon's Head Cider!
VASHON CIDER TASTING! 3 PM to 6 PM
The Lodges on Vashon Pavillion
17205 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island Growers Association will running the Hard Cider tasting featuring ciders from orchard based cideries that focus on selecting high quality apple varieties Dragon’s Head Cider, Nashi, Vashon Winery (Irvine’s Vintage Cider), Whitewood Cider, Alpenfire Cider. Also Seattle Distilling Company will be featuring a cider cocktail.
Music, food, and hard Cider!
Music: Danny Newcomb and The Sugarmakers will be playing at 4pm Check them here!