Festival Preview: OR: 6/23 Cider Summit returns to Portland via Elizabeth Caruther’s Park 11AM - 7PM

image courtesy of our Flickr page Listen up! Now that I got your attention here’s the scoop, Cider Summit is making its return to Portland (and later Seattle). With over 60 different ciders to choose from this is an event not to miss, for both lovers of ciders and the curious.

Situated on Elizabeth Caruthers Park and organized by SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective, the Cider Summit is one of the last beverage frontiers for the epicurious. Unless you are a bon vivant of of Cider, this festival will be curiously fun. This isn’t to say that the experienced won’t find something in over 60+ ciders though.

And the organizers couldn’t be happier to put on their fourth edition of this rare window into a growing beverage market.

We were very pleased with the response in our first year in Portland,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. We believe we have added some nice features to our 2012 event which will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.

As intended, each iteration of the Cider Summit offers the attendee the opportunity to sample Ciders from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, and France. New this year will be Spain’s Basque Region.

Other new features for 2012 include live music and a “bottles to go” store onsite.

Look for the owners and cider makers to be on hand to educate and guide you through the samplings, which will be available in 3-ounce or 6-ounce samples. Plus the organizers don’t condone drinking on an empty stomach, which is they are selling unique dishes from Ya Hala restaurant. Further entertainment will be provided courtesy of apple pressing demonstrations courtesy of Bushwhacker and non-alcoholic beverages from Maletis Beverage.

For those who wish to save a bit on transportation the Portland Aerial Tram will be offering 2-for-1 rides to event attendees and Cider Summit NW encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event

“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “We have found a great home in the South Waterfront neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders.  The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets, Umpqua Bank’s South Waterfront branch, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets.  From 11a-12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets.  Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.  The event is 21 and over only.  Dogs will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummitnw.com.

For a complete breakdown of ciders being featured at this year’s event, visit the Portland Cider Summit NW page, here.

Saturday June 23rd, 2012 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Cider Summit Northwest at Elizabeth Caruther’s Park
3508 Southwest Moody Avenue Portland, Oregon

About Cider Summit NW

Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association (www.nwcider.org) and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).  The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.  Cider Summit NW is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 alternative Portland, Maletis Beverage, Portland Aerial Tram, Portland Streetcar, and South Waterfront Community Relations office.

About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

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