Portland has already claimed to be the Microbrew Capital of the United States- southeast Portland is home to Distillery Row, and the wines of the Willamette Valley have garnered worldwide attention- but that doesn't mean the City of Roses is content with its lofty perch in the artisanal grown-up beverage hierarchy. Now, ciders are staking a claim for attention, as Oregon is on track to hold no fewer than 30 cideries within its borders by the end of 2015. And the first ever Portland Cider Rite of Spring Festival is happening this month to celebrate the new kid on the beverage block.
The Portland Cider Rite of Spring Festival is taking place April 26th from noon to 5pm at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison Street. No fewer than 19 cider makers will be on hand, providing about 60 samples of the finest, freshest artisan cider in the Northwest.
An onsite cider store will provide the opportunity to take home some of your favorites, and food will be available for purchase as well. Live music will be provided by Buckwheat, and proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association . To learn more visit www.NwCider.com
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 either at Brown Paper Tickets or Reverend Nat's Cidery and Public Tap Room, 1813 N. E. 2nd Ave. in Portland. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door for $30. Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a tasting glass and tasting tickets.