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If you’re an enthusiast of the burgeoning cider craft movement, or you’re just curious to find out what the buzz is all about, Portland’s Cider Summit NW Festival is the place to be on June 21-22, 2013.
The buzz is about artisanal hard cider, crafted like a good wine to reflect the terroir at its source. Apples turned into cider produce tastes ranging anywhere from delicate to complex and full-bodied, from fresh, blossomy and spring-like to earthy, autumnal bursts.
The cider-centric event has grown from its Seattle roots to include Chicago and an expanded Portland summit over two days in June. Bushwacker Cider, the nation’s first cider-only pub, is an event supporter, having kick-started a national cider discovery and renaissance in Portland in 2010.
Tastings of your choice from more than 60 artisan cider makers are showcased by producers from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, England, France and Spain. Everyone is assembled at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in Portland’s South Waterfront neighborhood, convenient to Portland Aerial Tram. Portland Streetcar will take you there, or hop aboard a continuous shuttle loop from SE Portland courtesy of Brewvana Brewery Tours.
Included with your ticket to the Portland cider festival is a keepsake tasting glass, food, and live music performances. The cider paired selections include sausages from Road Dog, Lebanese food from Ya Hala, and chocolates from Smitten Truffles. Tickets are $25 online or $30 cash only at the door on Friday, June 21 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. or on Saturday, June 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For many, no reminder is needed that cider is naturally gluten-free. And for those who cannot leave this most delicious of Portland festivals without a sample to take back home, there’s a bottles-to-go shop at the event.