The annual Oregon Cider Week returns this month, starting on June 15 and running through June 25. This year marks the sixth annual edition of the event, organized by the Northwest Cider Association. The organization includes members from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. The Week is anchored by the Cider Summit PDX which takes place the weekend of the 16th and 17th.
Here is the official press release:
The sixth annual Oregon Cider Week, celebrating all things cider, starts Thursday, June 15 and continues through the 25th. This 11-day celebration, sponsored by Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, highlights our locally crafted cider. The week kicks off with the awards announcement from the Northwest Cider Association’s Portland International Cider Cup, sponsored by Grandstand Glassware. The competition winner –the best cider in the Pacific Northwest—will be announced Thursday night at an industry ceremony along with medalists in each category, from hopped ciders to barrel aged to heritage ciders and more.
Throughout the week, more than 70 fantastic events will wet your whistle including Cider Summit PDX–Oregon Cider Week’s largest event–which provides a chance to sample more than 150 selections from around the world, June 16 and 17.
Portland’s Pearl District cider bar, Cider Bite, is hosting the official Summit After Party. Throughout the week, Oregonians can enjoy hikes through Forest Park that end with a cider BBQ, a Snakebite (beer + cider) Showdown, OMSI After Dark Ciderfest, a special cider week tour by Brewvana, meet the maker events, anniversary parties, grand openings, and much more.
I’ll be following along with the Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) awards Thursday night, which was open to all cider makers of the Pacific Northwest, not just NCA members. It will be interesting to see if any of the Central Oregon ciders won!
I will also keep a roundup of known Cider Week events on my daily news posts, and might possibly have a cider review or three to post to commemorate the Week.