Cider Summit Pdx – Best USA Festivals

Portland

The Fields Neighborhood Park 1099 NW Overton Street

Mid-June

www.cidersummitnw.com

Portland’s eclectic Pearl District hosts the region’s largest cider festival each June as Cider Summit PDX gathers a truly massive assemblage of local, regional, and international ciders and cider cocktails, with some 150 choices available from dozens of producers—truly a who’s who of cideries. Oregon’s ever-growing cider industry is well represented at this casual and friendly Friday/Saturday event, with the state’s best-known cider brands pouring samples alongside the small-batch producers. Each year, the lineup is announced on the event website, and one of the most alluring aspects of Cider Summit is its mercurial growth: each new year brings dozens of new ciders from established producers and new players alike—it’s one-stop shopping for ciderites who love the ever-expanding range of ciders produced in the Northwest and beyond.

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Cider Summit PDX, its many tents forming a giant circle at The Fields Neighborhood Park (consult the event website in case the venue changes), also features a variety of local food vendors, along with live music provided by well-known regional artists. In fact, the Cascade Blues Association, which helps to produce the event music lineup, is one the beneficiaries of Cider Summit PDX. Another of the beneficiaries is DoveLewis Emergency Pet Hospital, and Cider Summit PDX is dog friendly, featuring a special Dog Lounge (as usual in dog-friendly Portland, bring baggies, a leash, and only friendly furred friends). Also, during the festivities, numerous cideries compete in the Fruit Cider Challenge, the winner being crowned by vote of attendees.

Tickets are available online and at a variety of bottle shops and other retail sh°ps in Portland (see the list on Cider Summit is an outdoor festival held the event website). Cider Summit PDX during June in Portland’s Pearl District (a 21-and-over-only event) offers both general admission and VIP tickets, both at modest prices. General admission tickets (available online and at the gate) include a commemorative tasting glass and a set of tasting tickets; VIP tickets (available online only) include extra tasting tickets and special early entry on Friday. Attendees can buy additional tickets onsite (bring cash). Cider Summit PDX is just one incarnation of Cider Summit, the brainchild of Alan Shapiro, founder of SBS Imports: if you miss the Portland event or just can’t get enough, Cider Summit Seattle occurs in September and Cider Summit San Francisco occurs in April.

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