One of the region’s top–and surprisingly lowkey–cider fests returns with the 3rd Annual Cider Rite of Spring in Portland on Saturday, March 19th. Last year had some great small and hard to find cideries like my discovery of the fest, Hedgerow Cidery, which is back this year. It’s also indoors, at the Tiffany Center just west of downtown.
Festivities take place from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Tiffany Center in Portland (1410 SW Morrison). More than 25 Northwest cideries including ^5 Cider, 2 Towns Cider House, Alter Ego Cider, Apple Outlaw, Atlas Cider Co., Bauman’s Cider, Carlton Cyderworks, Cider Riot!, Dragon’s Head Cider, E.Z. Orchards, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Grizzly Cider, Hedgerow Cidery, Locust Cider, McMenamins Edgefield, New West Cider, Neigel Vintners Cider, Portland Cider Co., Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Rogue Cider, Schilling Cider, Snowdrift Cider Co., Spire Mountain Cider, Square Mile Cider, Swift Cider, and Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.
“On the heels of hosting the world’s largest cider conference in early February and with some of the region’s top cider spots, the Rose City is a hotbed of activity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “We’re thrilled with the quality and diversity our members produce and look forward to sharing that with cider lovers from around the Northwest.”
Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 in advance and $20 for NWCA members. Click here or visit nwcider.com for more information and to buy tickets. Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a glass and eight tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase with live music throughout the event. A pop-up retail store will give attendees the chance to buy their favorite ciders from the event to take home. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for sponsors, media and NWCA members. Cider Rite of Spring is sponsored by FruitSmart, Locust Cider and Portland Cider Company. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association.
About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebookand Twitter (@nwcider).