Vashon Village will host the highly anticipated CiderFest this fall on Saturday, October 7th, 2023. The annual event, located at 17205 Vashon Hwy SW, is a community celebration featuring all things cider. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the day will be brimming with activities, exhibits, and treats catering to attendees of all ages.
Cider Tastings and More
Cider enthusiasts will have the opportunity to savor award-winning ciders from renowned regional producers, such as Nashi Orchards, Dragon’s Head Cider, Liberty Ciderworks, Cockrell Cider, Alpenfire Cider, Whitewood Cider, and Shawnee Hill. Tasting tickets will be available on-site at 7/$35, with additional tastes at $5 each.
A range of family activities will be available from 10 am to 4 pm, including storytime with the Vashon Library, fruit pressing, kids’ games, crafts, apple ID, apple tree starts, and apple crisp and fresh juice sales. For those looking for non-alcoholic options, a variety of NA beverages will be offered, accompanied by an assortment of food vendors.
Amateur Cider-Maker Competition
This year, in partnership with the Vashon Fruit Club, CiderFest is excited to introduce a new feature: the 1st Annual Vashon Island Amateur Cider Cup. The competition is open exclusively to amateur cider and perry makers residing on Vashon-Maury Island, with the condition that 100% of the apples or pears used must be sourced from the island. Submissions for the competition are open until October 1st, 2023.
Celebrating Cider’s Historical Roots
Cider holds a special place in American history, being the most popular alcoholic beverage in colonial times. The event is a nod to this heritage and the resurgence of artisan-crafted local ciders. Vashon is home to numerous small farms, specialty orchards, and talented cider makers, contributing to the vibrant local cider scene.
Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available, with presenting sponsorships at $1,200 and supporting sponsorships at $600, offering a range of promotional benefits. Those interested in sponsoring can contact Amy Drayer at email@example.com or Connie Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities close on September 15th.
Planning Your Visit
Heading to CiderFest? Ensure a seamless trip to Vashon Island by reviewing the Washington State Ferry schedules from Fauntleroy, Southworth, and Pt. Defiance. Discover more about reaching Vashon here.
Whether you’re a cider aficionado or looking for a delightful family day out, CiderFest offers a unique experience to sip, savor, and celebrate the island’s rich cider heritage. Don’t miss out on this festive day and the chance to support sustainable agriculture and local businesses on Vashon Island.