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Apple and Cider Festival

Celebrate The Season, Taste The Region

October 12th - 14th, 2018

About the event

Fall abundance is celebrated with the second annual Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival. Appreciate the traditions and culture of growing apples and fermenting cider with a truly authentic Pacific Northwest, tree-to-glass weekend experience. Attendees are welcome to join for one, two, or all three days of feasting, tasting and celebration.

In its first year, the weather for the Apple & Cider Festival was shaky. With heavy overcast skies and occasional sprinkles, eyes were squinted upwards as vendors wished for sun. Yet this did not stop the crowd’s burgeoning appetite for cider! The Palindrome was quickly packed to the gills with guests who, if they couldn’t get their sunshine outside, were eager to drink up the sunshine imbued into the apples.

Inspired in part by the Franklin Cider Days on the East Coast, this festival is a new Northwest tradition, grounded in the flavor of the season and the culture of the region: rugged, classy and delicious. All day-time events are all-ages, however all hard cider tastings are 21+.

Friday

On Friday, indulge in a Harvest Dinner and festival kick-off at the Palindrome—a benefit dinner for the Jefferson Clemente Foundation with delicious local food and local ciders and ale on tap from Alpenfire, Finnriver, Eaglemount and Propolis. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with fresh Hamma Hamma Oysters.  Buffet style dinner will kick off at 6:30 p.m. accompanied by live music and festivities. Your ticket includes dinner and one beverage of your choice. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Saturday

On Saturday morning drop by the Port Townsend Farmers Market; one of the largest small town markets in the nation hosting over 70 vendors each week including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Saturday afternoon the party revs up back at the Palindrome with the Cider Saloon, featuring more than 40 regional ciders, apple pressing and live music. Tickets include 10 hard cider tastings and a festival shot glass. From 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m the Fireside Restaurant in Port Ludlow will serve a multi-course Family Style meal with Sommelier-selected pairings from local craft cideries, this menu will  feature locally sourced cheeses with apple confiture, buttercup squash bisque with roasted apple curry, applewood smoked bacon braised brussels sprouts with Nash’s pork loin, and a baked caramel apple to finish. The official weekend after-party lights up at at Propolis Brewing from 5:00 p.m. - midnight with food trucks, DJ and a fire show.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, there will be a Ploughman’s Cider Breakfast at Alpenfire Cidery, followed by apple-themed seminars, massive cider pressing with  and orchard tours. The annual Finnriver World Apple Day Fair takes place on Sunday afternoon, featuring cider tastings, orchard tours, live music, woodfired pizza, the Fermentation Games, apple identification and apple themed treats! CIDER DONUTS will be an extra special feature at Finnriver this year.  Renowned Portland bakers Julie Richardson (Baker and Spice) and Piper Davis (Grand Central Bakery and the MOUTHY podcast) are traveling north to Finnriver to celebrate apples and cook up some magical cider donuts made from local organic apples and regional flours. All proceeds to benefit the Community Wellness Project.

Recommended Accommodations 

Old Alcohol Plant

Historic Arcadia Inn

Inn at Port Ludow

 

 

 

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 12

Harvest Dinner - The Palindrome, Eaglemount Wine & Cider
6 — 9 | $30
Delicious local food and local ciders on tap; fundraiser for the Jefferson Clemente Foundation

 

Saturday, October 13

Port Townsend Farmers Market - Uptown Port Townsend
9 — 2 | free
Fresh artisan crafted foods and beverages, live music and handmade crafts.

Cider Saloon - The Palindrome, Eaglemount Wine & Cider
1 — 5 | $30

Featuring 40+ regional hard ciders, apple tempura, cider pressing, live music and celebration! Tickets include 10 cider tastings and festival shot glass. 

Apple Festival Dinner - Fireside Restaurant in Port Ludlow
6 — 9 | $75 (+ticketing fee)
A multi-course Family Style meal with sommelier-selected pairings from local craft cideries, this menu will feature locally sourced cheeses with apple confiture, buttercup squash bisque with roasted apple curry, applewood smoked bacon braised brussels sprouts with Nash’s pork loin, and a baked caramel apple to finish. Buy tickets online at:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3578109

Fall Fire Party - Propolis Brewing
5 — midnight | free

Food trucks, fire show and dance party. 

 

Sunday, October 14

Ploughman's Cider Breakfast - Alpenfire Cidery
10 — noon | $15

Coffee, bread, Mt. Townsend Cheese, cold cuts, fresh fruit, eggs and sausage. 

Cider Pressing and Seminars - Alpenfire Cidery
noon — 3 | free

Apple themed seminars, orchard tours and apple pressing. 

World Apple Day Fair - Finnriver Farm & Cidery
noon — 9 | free
A community celebration with cider tastings, orchard tours, live music, orchard parade, woodfired pizza, food & treats, kids fun, facepainting, hula hooping, apple cider donuts and the 2nd Annual Cidery Fermentation Games!